Lady Dukes end season with resounding win
The season send-off was loud and proud Friday night at Community Park.
The Wellington High School girls’ softball team played their final regular season game, and of the 2011-12 school year, by trouncing Brookside 15-3.
Although the Lady Dukes had been eliminated from tournament play last week by Columbia, the team decided their final home game should reflect the hard work and determination exhibited all season long.
Wellington crept out to a 1-0 lead after the first inning. That lone run was simply an appetizer to the 14-course meal to follow.
Brookside put themselves on the scoreboard in the top of the second inning with the tying run. It didn’t stay tied long, and the game wouldn’t be close again.
The bottom of the second inning was where the Lady Dukes were out to prove that finishing the season strong was their gameplan, and they meant to execute it.
Three runs in the second inning, five in the third, and a monster, six-run fourth inning had the Wellington softball team out to a commanding 15-3 dominating lead that was never changed or relinquished.
The performance encapsulated the meaning of team, as the Lady Dukes executed their assignments as a group, not relying on a lone hero.
Sophomore Taylor Sutherland smacked a home run as did senior Megan Brasse, who has been on a productive tear the last couple of months, driving in three runs as well.
Underclassman Regan Moitoret added to the campaign with a stellar, five-RBI outing.
On the mound and keeping the game under control was senior Olivia Wulfhoop, who never let Brookside entertain the thought of a comeback.
Fellow senior Amy Scaggs contributed with precise hitting, along with sophomore Karly Rollin, and juniors Erin Reisinger and Kelsey Werdebaugh.
Junior and season standout Emily Benko, who had four runs and two RBIs, continued her contributions to the Lady Dukes squad.