West Brunswick softball picks up narrow win at Hoggard

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After fouling off four pitches, Jennifer Argo finally got one she liked.

The West Brunswick sophomore delivered a single up the middle to score Savannah Branch from second for the only run in a 1-0 victory over Hoggard on Tuesday night.

“It was a lot of pressure, but I could hear the rest of the team cheering me on and I really, really wanted it,” Argo said.

After being held hitless for the the first five innings, West Brunswick (2-1, 2-0 Mideastern) finally generated some offense in the sixth. Branch reached on a one-out walk and moved to second on a wild pitch. On the 10th pitch of her at-bat, Argo came through the the Trojans’ first hit.

“As the game went on, we definitely got a lot more selective at what pitches we swung at,” Argo said. “Our coaches were hard on us, but it was a good thing and we really needed it.”

One run was all senior pitcher Morgan Beeler needed. The Lenoir-Rhyne signee was able to work out of several jams and allowed only four hits while striking out seven in the complete-game shutout.

Hoggard (2-2, 0-1) stranded seven runners, including six in scoring position. They had runners on second and third with two outs in the first inning before Beleer got a strikeout. Icess Tresvik reached third with two outs in the fifth, but again Beeler got a strikeout to end the threat.

“My favorite part about this game is being under pressure,” Beeler said. “That’s one thing that I’m good at as a pitcher is getting out of those situations.”

Hoggard senior Jesse Mathis was just as dominant in the circle. She fanned 10 and allowed only four hits, but was the hard-luck loser.

Tresvik led the Vikings with two hits, while Allie Royal and Amber Small each had a single.

After Argo’s single, the Trojans got back-to-back singles from Peyton Daniels and Hailey Wilson to load the bases with one out. They were unable to tack on an insurance run, as Mathis got a strikeout and a pop up. West Brunswick’s other hit was a one-out double from Katelyn Fulford in the seventh.