Western Hills is starting to gain some momentum.
With another big first inning, WHHS routed Frankfort for the second time in 12 days, this time 17-0 in three innings in 41st District play Tuesday night at Bob Fannin Field. WHHS rolled 21-0 in three innings April 10.
The Lady Wolverines (4-11, 2-2) have now won three of five after losing nine of 10 to open the season.
“We came out and took care of business,” WHHS coach Jeff Pritchett said. “We got an opportunity to get our second district win and that’s important right now. This time of the year we have to get some wins going and on this.”
WHHS did nearly all of its damage in the first, as 20 batters went to the plate to score 15 runs on just seven hits.
Sophomore LaKenzie Ritchie connected on an RBI double, sophomore Taylor Slade hit an RBI single — her first of two singles in the inning — senior Abbey Sheets and junior Makayla Hawkins each drove in a run with back-to-back singles and junior Meghan Yount added an RBI groundout. Six more runs came off wild pitches.
“They struggled a little bit and we took advantage,” said Pritchett, whose team scored 18 runs in the first in the previous meeting. “We had good plate discipline and we had a few timely hits to put pressure on them.”
The Lady Panthers (2-8, 0-4) had chances to get out of the first with minimal damage, but, because of youth and windy conditions, weren’t able to make the plays.
“We started off slow again. ... But once they got into a rhythm we did fine,” FHS coach Angie Hutcherson said.
Junior Torey Hawkins pitched all three innings for the Lady Wolverines and allowed just one hit — a single to eighth-grader McKenzie Edgett in the third. She also struck out two.
Senior Rachel Palmgren started for FHS and didn’t last long, giving up six runs on one hit with three walks without recording an out. Junior Taylor Addams replaced her and didn’t allow a hit over the final two innings.
“I think they opened their eyes and saw that we can compete,” Hutcherson said. “I think if we could’ve played two more (innings), I think we would’ve just kept building there. ... They feel it themselves.”