FCHS varsity softball team on a roll

Fox Creek High School's varsity softball team kept rolling through Region 4-A, beating both Ridge Spring-Monetta and Wagener-Salley.

The Predators (5-7, 4-0 Region 4-A) started out the week by thumping the Trojans 18-0, with 11 runs coming in the fifth inning. Nicole Gibson had five RBI, followed by Morgan Matthews with three and Harley Muniz and Hannah Culpepper both chipping in two. Stefanie Bloedel fired a no-hitter on the mound, striking out 12 and walking only one.

"I had my older girls, my seniors, really come alive and take control of the game," Fox Creek head coach David Bell said. "Mostly singles, a couple of doubles, but mostly a smaller type of game. They also gave us a couple of walks, which helps."

The War Eagles jumped on the Predators in their matchup, with three runs in the first and trading blows in the second to maintain a 4-1 lead. However, Fox Creek chipped away and shut out Wagener-Salley the rest of the way, and another big fifth inning, this time for six runs, sealed a 12-4 victory.

Matthews went 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI. Culpepper also had three RBI, as did Nicole Gibson in the win. Bloedel followed up her no-hitter with seven innings of three-run ball and 14 more strikeouts against two walks.

"They got up on us 4-0, and it's kind of funny because usually the seniors pick you up in situations like that, but this time it was my freshmen," Bell said. "We hit the ball probably better than we did all year. We just opened up on them, and six different people hit against the fence that game. A lot of doubles, a lot of triples, just a fun day."

This week the Predators will go on the road against Hunter-Kinard-Tyler in a game that was to have happened on Tuesday. They will also play a doubleheader at Blackville-Hilda on Friday.

"You never take anything lightly," Bell said. "I understand that Blackville-Hilda has a pretty good young pitcher that we'll see in that doubleheader. It should be a good week for us. Wagener is considered to be one of the stronger teams in our region, and we came out of that one with a 12-4 win and I was pretty happy."