The Burke County Post 21 American Legion Lady Fastpitch softball team opened its third season of play Tuesday night at Catawba Meadows Park Field No. 4, splitting with Wilkes Post 31.
In a rematch of last year’s first-round state playoff contest, Post 21 dropped game one 2-1 before winning game two 4-3.
The winning runs in the nightcap for Burke (1-1) came in the third inning after the hosts had fallen behind 2-0, as Myra Twitty’s bases-clearing double brought in Ashlyn Stilwell, Chloe Gary and Elle Tanner across home plate. Twitty later scored in the inning off a wild pitch.
Burke in the earlier gamer had gained a 1-0 lead in the third inning with Gary scoring a run off a Twitty hit before Twitty was thrown out attempting to go for a triple. Wilkes scored its two runs in the top of the fifth off three hits.
Post 21 coach Mike Hasson noted as it was a good outing for their season opener, though “there is always room for improvement.”
Leading hitters on the day for Burke included Gary (3 for 5, two doubles), Twitty (3 for 5, double) and Tanner (1 for 3, walk). Stilwell, Bailey Bryant and Regan Winkler each added a hit in the doubleheader.
Tanner started game one in the pitcher's circle having a no-hitter through two innings, and Stilwell pitched game two.
Burke stays at home on Thursday, hosting first-year club Watauga Post 130.
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