Published: 12:00 AM, Wed Mar 28, 2012
McKenzie Weaver sparks Jack Britt's 2-1 softball win over Pine Forest
McKenzie Weaver is used to pitching Jack Britt to softball wins. But Tuesday night against Pine Forest, she had to provide the offense that proved the difference as well.
Weaver's RBI single in the third inning put the Buccaneers ahead for good as they won a defensive struggle with the Trojans, 2-1, at the Britt field.
The win allowed Britt to stay close to South View in the chase for the top spot in the Mid-South 4-A Conference with a 4-1 league record, 8-1 overall.
Pine Forest dropped to 3-3 in the conference and 7-6 overall.
Weaver held Pine Forest to one run on four hits while recording four strikeouts.
Meanwhile, she and her Britt teammates had a miserable offensive night against Trojan pitchers Lauren Taylor and Paige Barefoot. Between them they rolled up 12 strikeouts.
"We didn't look aggressive at the plate,'' Britt coach Sebrina Wilson said. "We looked unsettled. I credit Pine Forest pitching. They kept us off-balance.''
Wilson thought Weaver pitched well and got a solid effort from her defense.
"We actually looked comfortable in the field,'' Wilson said. "We have been making a few mistakes lately that have cost us runs against teams in crucial situations. Tonight we did a really good job of fielding the ball and I think she felt that and it allowed her to relax a little bit more.''
Britt would get all the runs it needed, and all the runs it would score, in the third inning.
Markel Wylie walked with one out and Abby Harris delivered a triple to the left-field fence to score Wylie and make it a 1-1 game.
Weaver followed with a single to left that drove in Harris for the go-ahead run.
"I just wanted to hit the ball and help my team out with whatever I could do,'' Weaver said.
Weaver allowed two hits the rest of the way and no Pine Forest runner got past second base.
Weaver felt the Bucs as a team didn't watch the ball as well against Pine Forest as they had been. "We've been hitting the ball,'' she said. "It was just an off night. I just don't think we were watching the ball the way we should have, and swinging at bad pitches.''
Pine Forest coach Lindsey Landry said the conference is strong this year and it's just a matter of which team shows up to play each game.
"Our team has been hitting all year long and our team has come back from larger deficits than that,'' she said.
Jack Britt 2, Pine Forest 1
Taylor, Barefoot (4) and Reid; Weaver and M. Mercier. W - Weaver (8-1). L - Taylor.
Leading hitters: PF - Reid 1-3 (RBI); Barefoot 1-3; Taylor 1-3; Hughes 1-3. JB - Harris 1-3 (3B, RBI); Weaver 1-3 (RBI); Williams 1-3; Thomas 1-2.
Records: Pine Forest 7-6, 3-3; Jack Britt 8-1, 4-1.
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