William Monroe girls softball cruised in its Region 3B quarterfinal matchup against Armstrong. In a 20-0 win over an overmatched Wildcats squad, the Dragons put together 16 hits and threw a combined no-hitter.
“We played a front loaded schedule and we’ve really come together as a team,” said Monroe coach Greg Breeden. “We’ve won 12 of the last 13 and seem to be on a roll. The job now is to get the girls back up to speed on Monday facing the kind of pitching that they’re used to. Games like this, nobody likes them. So we’ll move on quickly from it I hope.”
The Dragons got started early with Alexis Wayland launching a solo homerun in the first inning to start what was a 10-run first inning that featured three other extra base hits including a pair of doubles from Lexi Lam.
With no slaughter rule in effect, the Dragons had a 14-0 lead going into the bottom of the fifth. They plated four runs in the fifth and another two in the sixth before putting the game out of its misery in the top of the seventh by retiring three out of four batters to end things at 20-0.
Haley Lam and Emma Pickett combined for the no-hitter for Monroe and paired together 16 strikeouts giving up only two base runners, one runner reaching after being struck by a pitch and the only reaching on an error.
Offensively, Lacey Beale was 3-for-5 with two runs scored. Wayland was 2-for-2 with two runs scored. Lexi Lam was 4-for-5 with two doubles, a triple and a homerun.
Monroe will host Culpeper on Tuesday in the Region 3B semifinals with a state bid on the line.