Wake Forest 6, Hoggard 1
Wake Forest 0, Conley 6
By Marty Simpkins
WAKE FOREST — Wake Forest’s softball team was shut out by Conley 6-0 in the fourth round of the 4A state playoffs on the road Friday.
It’s the second time this season the Vikings have beaten the Cougars. Wake Forest lost to Conley at home March 12 by the same score, 6-0.
The Cougars end the 2016 season with a 20-7 record, which is the most wins since they made it to the state finals in the spring of 2013.
Wake Forest will also graduate seven seniors. All of them were starters this season.
Wake Forest tops Hoggard in third round
In the third round of the state playoffs May 18, Wake Forest took down Hoggard 6-1 at home.
“We’ve been trying to do what we’ve been doing all year long,” Wake Forest head coach Brittany Owens said. “We really didn’t have so much information on Hoggard, so we just showed up and played our game.”
The game started rough for the Cougars after giving up a solo home run in the first inning. But after that, everything went Wake Forest’s way.
“We needed our leaders to step up after giving up that home run,” Owens said. “The seniors shrugged it off like it was no big deal and that helped us get back in the game.”
Hoggard was shut out for the final six innings of the game while Wake Forest piled on two runs in the bottom of the third and four in the fifth.
“The first inning didn’t go well at all, so I just worked on my change-up behind the dugout afterwards,” Wake Forest pitcher Chelsey Cunningham said. “I came back in and it was good for the rest of the game.”
Jessica Barbour had two hits, including a home run. Rebecca Perry had three hits and scored two runs.
However, Owens said the biggest performance of the night was Cunningham tossing six strikeouts on the mound to keep Hoggard from coming back in the game.
“I can’t even begin to explain how proud I am of Chelsey,” Owens said. “She had a few games early this season where things didn’t go her way. After she gave up that home run, she flipped it quick. She’s been phenomenal for the last couple of games.”