GREENSBORO — The Powerade State Games softball tournament was held last week in Greensboro with regions across the state competing for a medal. Region 7 included East Wilkes’ Lauren Rakes, and four Forbush softball players, Kayleigh Williams, Macey Rycroft, Alexis Collins and Caiti Mickles. The team was coached by Forbush softball coaches Jeremy Helton and Leslie Long. The local girls put on a show for several college scouts and everyone in attendance.
The first game started Tuesday at 9 a.m. with Region 7 taking on Region 5. Mickles started the game on the mound and threw several strikeouts. Rakes came in as the reliever and was able to earn a few strikeouts of her own. Region 5 came out strong at the plate and earned an early lead over Region 7. Region 7 tried to make a comeback, but Region 5 was able to hang on to take a 5-2 win.
The second game of the day saw Region 7 earn a 7-3 win over Region 6. Williams earned several base hits and was able to bring the first run across the plate in the first inning. After a tough battle at the plate, Williams found a hit to left field which brought a runner across the plate to give Region 7 a 1-0 lead. Williams was then brought across the plate as her Region 7 teammate hit a double to make the score 3-0. From there, Region 7 was able to maintain control in the field and in the batter’s box to take its first win of the tournament.
With a 1-1 record, Region 7 knew its first game on Wednesday morning would be decided if it would play for a medal or play a consolation game. With that thought in mind, the team came out and took an early lead before putting the game firmly out of Region 8’s hands. Region 7 earned a 7-3 win to move on to the Bronze medal game which was held at the UNC Greensboro softball stadium.
Region 7 made the short trek over to UNCG to take on Region 1 which also had a 2-1 record. Mickles started the game on the mound with Williams on second, Collins catching, and Rycroft in the outfield. In the top of the first inning, Mickles started things off with a strikeout for the first out and Williams was able to make a play for the third out. Going into the bottom of the first, the score sat at 0-0 until Williams stepped up and hit an RBI to left field to give Region 7 a 1-0 lead. While things looked to be heading Region 7’s way, Region 1 had different ideas. Region 1 scored two runs in the second inning, one run in the sixth to take a 3-1 win over Region 7.
Region 7 took home fourth place and finished the Powerade State Games with a 2-2 record.