Stowe, McVay each homer in Dan River’s rout of Patrick County
If Dan River’s softball team keeps hitting home runs at its current rate, athletic and school administrators are going to have to find some extra money in the budget for softballs …
RINGGOLD, Va. — If Dan River’s softball team keeps hitting home runs at its current rate, athletic and school administrators are going to have to find some extra money in the budget for softballs.
The Wildcats entered their non-district matchup against Patrick County having homered in four straight games. Seniors Emily McVay and Rebekah Stowe helped the ‘Cats extend that streak to five as both smack home runs in Dan River’s 11–1 rout of the Cougars in five innings Monday night.
Stowe hit a three-run shot and McVay chipped in with a two-run blast, giving the Wildcats 10 dingers in their past five games.
Stowe made the ‘Cats’ recent success sound easy.
“You look for a backside pitch and if you get it, you don’t take it, that’s pretty much it,” Stowe said.
With Dan River (13–2) holding a 1–0 lead and sophomore Ashlyn Chappell and freshman Lila DeMott on first and second base, Stowe stepped up and sent a three-run blast over the wall in center to increase the ‘Cats’ lead to four going into the third inning.
Chappell’s RBI single two batters earlier got the Wildcats on the board and gave them a one-run lead.
“I try not to think about it actually because I do better when I’m thinking about it like any other regular at-bat or like I’m in practice because most of the time when I put the pressure on myself it makes me crumble and fall and I try to swing way too hard and out of my shoes or something,” Chappell said.
Patrick County (8–8) struck back in the third to trim its deficit to three when Alexis Knight came home to score courtesy of a Wildcats’ miscue.
However, that’s as close as the Cougars would get as junior Grayson Snead scored on a delayed steal to give the ‘Cats a 5–1 lead heading into the fourth.
McVay jumpstarted a six-run, fourth inning when she corked a two-run blast to center that made it an 8–1 game. Snead kept the rally going with her RBI single to right and junior Emma Williams pushed the ‘Cats’ lead to double digits with her run-scoring single to center. DeMott rounded out the scoring with her RBI single to center that led to the final score.
“I mean, just trying to score them,” DeMott said. “Not really trying to put the ball anywhere, just swing and put the ball in play.”
Stowe paced Dan River with a 2-for-2, three-RBI performance while McVay drove in a pair of runs as well. Snead, Williams, DeMott and Chappell recorded RBIs as well.
McVay picked up the win in the circle, scattering just two hits and a run while striking out 10 in five innings pitched.
The win provided Dan River with a little extra confidence considering it knocked off a Class 3 Patrick County team.
“It’s pretty great to play a team from a higher classification than us and win like we did,” Stowe said. “It shows how well we can play and what we can do if we get ourselves ready before the game.”
Chappell added, “It shows we’re ready for competition. We have played some pretty good teams; these girls are a pretty good squad and I think we get our heads straight before the games and we get ourselves up and ready and there’s nothing we can’t accomplish when we’re in that mindset.”
Dan River returns to action on Wednesday when it hosts Gretna in Dogwood play at 5:30 p.m.