Maurepas didn’t leave any doubt it’s headed to the quarterfinal round of the Class B softball playoffs.
McKenna Lessard went 4-for-4 with three runs and three RBIs and had 11 strikeouts to get the win as the Lady Wolves scored a 10-1 win over Bell City in a regional playoff game Tuesday.
“Everybody just game out being patient at the plate and making good decisions,” Maurepas coach Renell Gunter said after the Lady Wolves had 13 hits. “Good pitches equal good hits. We just put one hit together after the other and really made some good hits.
“Everybody just did their job.”
No. 5 Maurepas travels to face No. 4 Zwolle, which defeated No. 13 Quitman, 1-0. The game is set for 2 p.m. Friday.
The Lady Wolves got rolling with a three-run first that featured three hits, including an RBI single by Keegan Marchand, scoring the game’s first run.
Maurepas added runs on KK Vicknair’s fielder’s choice and Sarah Crawford’s sacrifice fly.
Dru Bantaa had an RBI double and Lessard an RBI single, pushing the lead to 5-0 in the second.
Bell City picked up its lone run in the top of the fourth, but Maurepas scored four in the bottom of the inning as Lessard had a two-run double, setting up Marchand’s two-run home run for a 9-1 lead.
“I tell them if it’s not a home run pitch, we don’t want it. Leave it alone,” Gunter said. “That has been the key for us over the last couple of games is just waiting on the pitch and not helping the pitcher out. It’s actually made a big difference in our hitting, so I’m proud of them.”
Lessard, who gave up five hits and walked one in the circle, doubled and scored on Vicknair’s grounder to first in the sixth inning.
“Her screwball was on,” Gunter said of Lessard. “They couldn’t touch it. If they touched it, it was a foul. It was a big pitch for her (Tuesday).”
“She was just hitting her spots. No matter what I called, she just nailed it.”
Marchand was 3-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs and Bantaa went 2-for-4 with two runs and an RBI as seven players had at least one hit.