Devin Scales had already driven in two runs to push South Carroll ahead of Century in the fourth inning, but she continued to make her presence known during
Devin Scales had already driven in two runs to push South Carroll ahead of Century in the fourth inning, but she continued to make her presence known during Monday's county softball game.
The Cavaliers' senior catcher led off the sixth inning in a one-run game. Scales had two strikes, but let her next hit rip through left field and over the fence for a home run.
She hopped, skipped, and jumped into the arms of her teammates awaiting her arrival at home plate, part of South Carroll's 6-3 win over Century and the Cavaliers' fourth straight victory.
"Devin's been struggling over the last few weeks, she started off hot then struggled," Cavs coach Matt Cannistraci said of Scales, who went 3-for-4 and five RBIs on Monday. "Basically what we got her to do was shorten up her stroke and be confident in herself and her confidence is coming along. The more she hits the ball hard, the more confidence she has and today I think she had a lot of confidence."
Entering that fourth inning, the Cavs needed a confidence booster. The Knights went up 2-0 in the second when Gina Martin smacked a triple that drove in Caitlin Pfarr and Olivia Carmack. But Scales came up with no outs and delivered a two-run double that gave the Cavs (6-2, 4-1 county) the 3-2 lead.
"We were down by two and it obviously helped with the bench cheering," Scales said. "I don't know if they got in their heads but it definitely helps you get more confidence when the two people in front of you with no outs get on base and you know you can just let it go and just do what you know you can do. It's good to know we have our bench behind us cheering when we're up to bat."
Scales' homer in the sixth put SC up 4-2 and she added two more RBIs with another double in the seventh to give the Cavaliers a 6-2 lead. The Knights were down to their final out but added a run when Brianna Kessler delivered an RBI single that brought home Chichi Ahulamibe.
Allyson Windell struck out five batters for the Knights (6-2, 3-2). Cavaliers junior pitcher Chloe Sharman had six strikeouts.
"We've been doing really well," Scales said. "Chloe's been strong on the mound all season hitting her spots doing everything good. We've had the field behind her to back her up the whole time and it's been nice. We've gotten our bats going and we're starting to get into our rhythm and I definitely think we'll be the team to beat."
Prior to Monday, Century suffered just one loss against undefeated Manchester Valley on March 29. South Carroll's last three victories were shutouts and Cannistraci said the girls have increased their focus and intensity since suffering back-to-back losses against Winters Mill and McDonogh.
"The one thing is they haven't gotten down; they're all supporting each other, cheering for each other," Cannistraci said. "We came up with a philosophy on how we're going to approach our at bats and now we've used it four games and four games we've walked away with the win. They've bought into it so once they buy in, nothing but good things will happen along the way."