The Enterprise State Community College Weevil Women found a way to snap a four-game losing streak Thursday: Enterprise downed visiting Coastal Alabama Community College-North, 4-2, 3-2, to improve to 5-9 in South Division games, 9-21 overall, with a chance to move up a notch or two when Coastal Alabama-East comes to Enterprise Saturday.
Thursday’s first win was especially important and enjoyable for the Weevil Women.
“It’s great to have Alex Watson back in the circle,” ESCC coach Traci Harrison said of the Enterprise native who’d returned to action Tuesday in Phenix City, and who pitched Thursday’s first game after being on the injured list since February 1.
Watson allowed four hits, one run, walked one and struck out two Eagles before being replaced by Cecily Hale who was credited with the win.
Enterprise broke the ice in the first game when another Enterprise native, freshman catcher Katie Dennis, provided some heavy metal thunder with a solo home run in the fourth.
Cleanup hitter Jamie Lamb had a double and a single, and leadoff hitter Kaitlyn Diaz singled twice.
Emily Cronk had a single and a stolen base; Emily Hurst stroked a single, had a sacrifice and scored a run; and Haley Haggard had a double, drew two walks and scored a run.
Tori Burk singled and had an RBI.
Devin Butorac drew the starting assignment in the circle in the nightcap and enjoyed it so much she pitched a complete-game, four-hitter that almost went into extra innings.
Enterprise scored one run in the first inning and added another in the fourth, never trailed, but the Eagles used three ESCC errors in the top of the seventh inning to knot the score, 2-2.
After one out in the home half of the seventh frame, Haggard singled, then scored when Burk doubled to right center.
“All three pitchers did great and the hitters came through,” Harrison said. “We needed these two huge wins today!”
Offensively, the Weevil Women got eight hits, with Diaz, 2-for-3 with a double; Lamb, 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored; Haggard, 2-for-3; and Burk 2-for-3 accounting for the total.
Cronk had a sacrifice in her first at-bat.