Pack claims EPC crown
Published 7:46 am Wednesday, May 3, 2023
The Washington High School girls softball team claimed its fifth straight Eastern Plains Conference championship with a 13-1 rout of second-place Ayden-Grifton at home Tuesday night.
The Pam Pack (11-0, 15-5) erupted for five runs in the second inning, then put the game away with seven more in the fourth.
Senior shortstop Ava Mizell collected a pair of hits, scored three runs and stole a base to lead the offense. Carly Woolard, Alani Hyatt and Emma Harris also had two hits as WHS totaled 12 for the evening.
Harris drove in three runs while Emma Orr and Shaelee Chrismon had two RBI.
“We’ve hit the ball much beater since Easter break against the type of pitching we’ll face in the first and second round of the playoffs,” coach Brad Horton said. “We struggled to start the season and it means a lot to be conference champions again. Our team has evolved throughout the season and it’s the first time this group has won one, so it’s a big accomplishment.
Sophomore left-hander Emma allowed one earned run on one hit despite striking out a season-low two batters to get the pitching victory.
“I’m glad they hit the ball because it helps our defense stay sharp,” Horton said. “It also helps Emma realize she doesn’t have to do it all herself.”
Washington ends the regular season at Ayden-Grifton Thursday, state tournament seeds will be released Monday and first round games start Tuesday.