Whitko catcher Emalee Duggins goes up for the ball as Manchester's Sydney Day slides safely across the plate for an inside-the-park home run. Photo by Gary Nieter, Times-Union
Whitko catcher Emalee Duggins goes up for the ball as Manchester's Sydney Day slides safely across the plate for an inside-the-park home run. Photo by Gary Nieter, Times-Union
NORTH MANCHESTER – The Whitko Lady Wildcats extended their win streak to eight games Wednesday night, leaving little doubt in doing so with a 10-3 win over Three Rivers Conference rival Manchester.

With a fierce wind blowing, the Lady Wildcats hit three home runs and had a total of six extra-base hits as they improved to 10-1 overall and 2-0 in TRC play.

The host Lady Squires, who hit two homers of their own, fell to 5-7 and 1-2.

“We've been so close to having really good hits. We just keep hitting to people ... and tonight they actually fell,” said Whitko coach Michele Garr, whose team outhit Manchester 15-5.

“The girls keep swinging. We had quite a few bunts tonight, which was great. We had really good base running. I couldn't be more proud of them tonight.”

After scoring the game's first run on senior Anna Ousley's RBI double in the first inning, the Lady Wildcats pushed their advantage to 4-0 with a pair of second-inning home runs off Manchester's Mattie McKee.

Whitko freshman Madi Smith, who finished the game a triple short of hitting for the cycle, blasted a 2-run shot over the left field fence that also scored junior teammate Shi Bradley. On the very next pitch, junior Emalee Duggins crushed an offering from McKee over the left field fence.

Senior Reannon Hopkins belted a two-run shot to left field in the third inning off McKee, pushing Whitko’s advantage to 6-1.

Manchester senior Sydney Day hit an inside the park home run in the second inning off Whitko’s Ellie Snep. Her sister, sophomore Mackenzie Day, hit a solo shot off Snep in the third inning, cutting the deficit to 6-2.

“It took those right out,” Manchester coach Brittany Holmes said of how the wind affected deep flyballs Wednesday. “We hit one out, but they hit some early with runners on and it ran the score up.

“We struggled a little bit at bat ... when we did hit, we hit it right to them.”

The Days accounted for four of Manchester’s five hits, with each sister hitting a single and a home run.

Junior Emma West had the Lady Squires’ other hit, a second-inning single.

Snep, who hit a single and double, got the win in the circle after striking out nine and walking six in a complete game effort.

Snep is 9-1 this season and has struck out 74 batters in 57 innings.

She took a 0.97 earned run average into Wednesday’s game.

“It’s what we expected. She throws the ball hard, and the girls know that,” Holmes said of Snep. “We did what we could do.”

McKee was charged with the loss. She gave up six hits and six runs, and also struck out one and walked one in three innings.

Freshman Torina Runkel came on in relief and gave up nine hits and four runs in four innings. She walked one Whitko batter.

Hopkins and Smith had three hits each in the win, while Shi Bradley, Augusta Garr, Ousley and Snep had two hits each.

“As a coaching staff, we had never beat Manchester in the regular season,” said Michele Garr, who has been on Whitko’s staff six years, four as the head coach.

“This is pretty good for us. The girls, it’s pretty awesome for them, too.”


W    132    011    2    –    10

M    011    100    0    –    3

Whitko – Ellie Snep (W, 7IP, 5H, 3R, 9K, 6BB).

Manchester – Mattie McKee (L, 3IP, 6H, 6R, 1K, 1BB), Torina Runkel (4IP, 9H, 4R, 0K, 1BB).

2B – Anna Ousley (W), Snep (W), Madi Smith (W)

HR – Emalee Duggins (W), Reannon Hopkins (W), Smith (W), Sydney Day (M), Mackenzie Day (M)

Records: Whitko 10-1 (2-0 TRC), Manchester 5-7 (1-2 TRC)