Mount Airy’s softball team won its second straight game, beating Bishop McGuinness 13-3 in five innings for a Northwest 1A Conference victory on Tuesday.
Sophomore shortstop Amy Kunkel was a home run away from hitting for the cycle against the Villains. She was 4-for-4 at the plate with a triple, single and two doubles, one of which slammed off the outfield fence.
Kristin George had two doubles and a single, and Bree Bowman doubled for the Bears.
“We played a sound, fundamental game,” coach Rhett Brown of Mount Airy said. “We were very aggressive at the plate.”
Sophomore Katie Hicks earned the win in the pitcher’s circle. She threw a one-hitter, walked five, hit three batters, and struck out 13.
In the first inning, Kinley Tate led off with a single before Kunkel tripled to center field to score Tate. Then Kristin George and Bree Bowman hit back-to-back RBI doubles for a 3-0 Bears lead.
Kunkel drove in another run with a double in the second and she scored on a wild pitch. Hicks drew a walk, and then George singled. Mount Airy scored two more runs on an error in right field.
After Hicks struck out the side in the top of the third, Mount Airy kept it going on offense in the bottom of the inning. Shelby Taylor and Maddison Widdener had base hits and Shakia Griffin was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Kunkel drove in all three base runners with a double that almost made it out of the field. The ball ricocheted off the fence.
“If we play like we did today, we can be a very competitive team,” Brown said. “We hit the ball as well as we have all year. We came to the plate with a purpose.”
The Villains (3-7 overall, 0-4 conference) scored their only runs in the top of the fifth inning. Bronwyn Cortez hit a two-RBI double for the only hit off Hicks all afternoon. Bishop scored its other run when Ernae Pinnix, who took the loss in the pitcher’s circle, drew a bases-loaded walk.
Mount Airy finished things off in the bottom half of the inning. George had a two-RBI double and Shelby Taylor had an RBI sac fly to end the game on the mercy rule.
Mount Airy (8-3 overall, 2-6 conference) won its second straight, blasting Atkins 18-3 last week. The Bears travel to Alleghany on Thursday for a nonconference game, and the visit North Stokes on Friday.