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Knightdale softball boasts best start

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KNIGHTDALE — Though the Knightdale High softball squad’s best start in school history (4-0) might be spoiled by its shortest prep season on record due to the COVID-19 outbreak, it bowed out for the time being with an 11-1 rivalry victory over East Wake and an epic starring role performance.

Knight junior pitcher Jaden Davis (2-0 record) threw a no-hit, 10-strikeout diamond domination for her defense. She also delivered her first-career homer, a double and five RBI for her offense.

Davis broke the tie in the bottom of the second using her two-out, two-RBI two-bagger tracing the left-field stripe. Alani Horton followed with another double in almost the same spot, driving in a pair and lifting the gap to 4-0 before Analeigh Nash smashed the third-straight double and built the 5-0 spread.

The visiting Warriors (0-4) used a walk and a three-base infield error to counter that lead in the third.

Yet Knightdale’s two-down magic (scoring all its points in that situation) continued in its half when Haile Pope singled and Alyssa Shaver reached by error. Dahlia Rabitz grounded into another miscue, ushering in Pope. Then David cleared the bases altogether by connecting on a 1-2 count clobber over the left-centerfield fence.

The premiere dinger was met by teammate fanfare as the whole club swarmed her at the plate. She soon returned to the center circle and struck out the East Wake side.

In the Knight fourth, Ahdrian Soto walloped a one-out double to the wall. After an infield fly almost stranded her, she stole third and crossed the plate on a passed ball. Pope next drew a walk and rounded the horn by two steals and a wild pitch.

That gave Knightdale the double-digit deficit necessary to conclude the contest after five. All that was left was for David to mow down the ensuing three batters in order. She exited with 36 strikeouts opposite six hits and just three bases on balls during the shortened 11-day schedule.

At the plate, she packed up a .600 average with five doubles, seven RBI, six runs and that big dinger.