Wetumpka’s softball program is now on an 8-game winning streak.
The Indians picked up an area win against Stanhope Elmore Monday, defeating the Mustangs 6-3 behind RBI base knocks from Ashlynn Campbell, Jasmine Russell and Mya Holt.
“We always tell the kids, ‘Throw all the records out.’ Any time you get into area play, you get everybody’s best,” Wetumpka head coach Daryl Otwell said. “I felt we competed hard, we had some good at-bats.”
Campbell finished a total of 3-for-4 on the day, the game’s only player with multiple hits, and added a stolen base and two runs scored to her two RBIs.
She also provided a strong infield presence from her shortstop position, Otwell said. Campbell threw out back-to-back runners on difficult ground balls to close the top of the third inning.
“She’s got the potential and the talent to be that big-time player in that leadoff spot,” Otwell said. “She kind of said, ‘Let’s get the ball rolling.’ Big at-bats from her. And then defensively, she made some really good plays. Stanhope hit some balls real hard, right at her, and I thought she played solid.”
Jerrica Word started for the Mustangs, tossing all six of her team’s innings. Only three of the runs she allowed were earned. Ella Watson started and threw three innings with one run for the Indians.
Wetumpka took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning following an RBI single from Russell and a two-run single from Holt, although she was picked off at first by Stanhope catcher Shakeria Washington on an ensuing pitch.
The Mustangs cut the lead to 3-1 on a passed ball, but Campbell scored on a throwing error in the second inning and picked up a two-run triple in the third to push the Indians’ lead back to 6-1.
Stanhope grabbed two runs in the fourth, but pitchers Ashley Burgess and Mya Holt closed the door from there.
“That’s what we hang our hat on is good pitching and good defense,” Otwell said. “I thought that was the turning point in the game.”
Wetumpka resumes area play against Benjamin Russell Thursday, with Stanhope also taking on the Wildcats on Tuesday.