CENTERTON -- Elise Sokolsky's first varsity game in the circle for Bentonville West was a special one Thursday afternoon.
The sophomore pitched three perfect innings, striking out all nine batters she faced in the Lady Wolverines' 16-0 6A-West Conference win over Springdale High in three innings.
West (3-0, 2-0 6A-West) gave Sokolsky plenty of support and got going quickly in the bottom of the first. Hallie Wacaser led off with a double, stole third and scored when the catcher's throw went into left field. That was only the beginning of the parade around the base paths as the Lady Wolverines finished with 12 hits.
Emily Roberson and Sydney Sneed led the way with two hits each. Roberson also drove in three runs. Ryen Rassi added a two-run home run as part of West's four-run second inning to stretch the lead to 8-0. Sarah Cooper also added two RBIs.
West coach Anthony Cantrell likes what he's seen from Sokolsky, who played at Rogers High last year. She dominated Springdale hitters, retiring the Lady Red'Dogs on 12 pitches in the first inning.
"She pitched in a JV game the other night against Gravette and did well," Cantrell said. "She did what she needed to do today. She works hard and she's around the plate a lot.
"She's going to be able to pitch for us some this year. She's a true pitch kid. Her riseball is a true riseball and her screwball is a true screwball. She's developing her change-up a little bit. She's getting better."
Springdale (0-4, 0-2) didn't manage to put a ball in play against Sokolsky and was also hurt by five errors.
Springdale 000 -- 0 0 5
West 448 -- 16 12 0
Trollinger and Cordell; Sokolsky and Rassi. W-Sokolsky, 1-0. L-Trollinger. HRs- Bentonville West, Rassi.
Rogers High 11, Fayetteville 1
Cassie Gonzalez went 4-for-4 with a triple, drove in a run and also scored one to help the Lady Mounties earn the run-rule win.
Journee Zito, Courtney Storey, Jasmine Gonzalez and Jordan Jeffery added two hits each. Storey, Jeffery and Leyton Robinson drove in two runs apiece for the Lady Mounties (4-1, 1-0 6A-West).
Madison Heinle picked up the win, allowing a run on two hits over five innings. She struck out six, but walked five.
Springdale Har-Ber 10, Rogers Heritage 6
The Wildcats built a 6-0 lead and held off Heritage late for a home win Thursday.
Heritage out-hit Har-Ber 10-8, but the Wildcats belted three extra-base hits including home runs from Sophie Wood and Emily Bartlett. Wood was 2-for-2 with a double 2 RBIs, and Bartlett was 2-for-4 with 4 RBIs for Har-Ber. Jacey Ewert also had two hits for the Wildcats.
Kayla Paulo homered for Heritage and drove in three runs.
Sports on 03/15/2019
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