ROCK RIDGE - Wilson County appeared to rattle Wayne County Post 11 hurler Gracelyn Massey on Wednesday evening.
They posted four first-inning runs on three hits and two walks.
Massey didn’t flinch.
The Barton College signee adjusted in the circle, regained her composure and received a stout offensive effort from her teammates.
Bri Verme mashed a home run, collected five RBI and finished 4-for-4 on the night as Area I Senior Legion leader Wayne County pounded out a 16-4 victory on the Rock Ridge softball diamond.
Massey helped herself at the plate with three hits, including a double and an RBI. Leonna Nelson contributed three hits and two RBI. Rosewood graduates Laine Marak (2-for-5) and RJ Myers (2-for-4) supplied two RBI apiece.
WC had 20 hits as a team.
“Everyone in the starting lineup had at least one hit, so that was certainly nice to see,” said Post 11 head coach TJ Smothers.
Massey settled down after the first.
The gritty hurler held Wilson scoreless, yielded two hits and filed six strikeouts in the scorebook over the final six innings.
“I thought Gracelyn pitched really well,” Smothers said. “I was only going to let her throw an inning or two because she coming off an injury, but after the second inning she told me she was fine and wanted to keep going.
“I left it up to her how long she wanted to go.”
After a 28-pitch first inning, Massey threw a total of 65 pitches the remainder of the seven-inning affair.