MONROE – The Parkwood softball team is climbing the national and state rankings after an 11-0 start has the Rebels as hot as any team in the state midway through the season.
With their hot start that has seen the Rebels outscore their opponents 108-9, they are now ranked No. 6 in the state and 133rd in the nation according to Maxpreps.com.
In the week before spring break, Parkwood took care of all three of its opponents beginning with an 11-1 win over conference rival Weddington on March 26.
Allie Griffin and Mary Pierce Barnes both went 2-for-3 at the plate to lead the offense. Natalie Ruth doubled and drove in three runs and Taylor Breidt doubled and hit a sacrifice fly en route to three RBIs of her own.
Caroline Ruth got the win in the circle, allowing just one hit and no runs over 5.1 innings to go with 11 strikeouts.
The next day, the Rebels broke open a 5-5 tie in the fifth inning and added a pair of insurance runs in the seventh to beat West Stanly 8-5.
Natalie Ruth had a pair of hits and Sarah Hawkins went 2-for-2 with a home run, four RBIs and two walks.
Caroline Ruth was again spectacular in the circle as the junior pitcher allowed just three hits and one earned run while striking out 10 batters.
On March 29, the Rebels outlasted Marvin Ridge, beating the Mavs 4-2 in a tightly contested affair that saw either team score until the sixth inning when Parkwood went up 2-0. The Rebels tacked on two more runs in the top of the seventh inning and withstood a late Mavs rally that saw Marvin Ridge score two runs in their final at bat although they couldn’t get any closer.
Chloe Hardy had a pair of RBIs and Caroline Ruth had three hits including a double and drove in a run. In the circle, she tossed another brilliant game, going the distance with 10 strikeouts while allowing just four hits and one earned run.
Gabby Baylog tossed a great game for the Mavs, going the distance while giving up seven hits and four runs, none of which were earned, to go with five strikeouts. Jessica Davis doubled and drove in a run to lead the Marvin Ridge offense as the Mavs dropped to 10-2 on the season.
Parkwood hosts Sun Valley, CATA and Piedmont this week as they look to continue their unbeaten start to the year.