Pisgah’s Maci Henson is considered one of the area’s top high school softball pitchers. She gave a demonstration as to why on Wednesday at Polk County.
Henson struck out 15 and allowed just three hits as the undefeated Bears handed the Wolverines a 9-2 loss in their home opener.
Polk County head coach Jamie Thompson likes playing a tough non-conference schedule and liked the effort he saw Wednesday from the Wolverines, who took some time to adjust to Henson’s speed on the mound. The senior struck out eight of the first nine hitters she faced and carried a no-hitter into the fourth inning.
That’s when Polk County (2-2), trailing 5-0, found an offensive spark. Anna McFadden reached on an error to open the inning, with Morgan Stott following with a squib down the third-base line that she beat out for a hit. Ansley Lynch added an infield single to load the bases with no outs.
McFadden scored on a passed ball before Alana Jergenson walked to re-load the bases. One out later, Jessie Emory ripped a base hit into right field to score Stott, but Lynch was thrown out at home. Pisgah escaped the inning without added damage.
“(Henson) was a little bit faster than what we’ve seen, and Pisgah has a good team,” Thompson said. “I schedule tough non-conference games to help us out come playoff time.
“I’m awfully proud of our effort. We kept battling and had a little run going there for a while.”
Stott, Lynch and Emory accounted for Polk County’s three hits. Jaylin Jackson took the loss, allowing seven hits and striking out three in the complete game.
“Jaylin Jackson looked a lot more consistent on the mound,” Thompson said. “She’s getting more and more consistent each time. It’s good to have some people we can go to. We’ve got some depth pitching.”
Polk County is scheduled to host Mitchell on Thursday in a Western Highlands Conference clash.