Despite the wait, the Wolfpack, who were Class AAAA state runners-up in 2012, looked to be in midseason form as they had 11 hits in a 12-1 five-inning win over Westside on Thursday.
“We were ready because after a month of practice it gets to you,” said shortstop and leadoff hitter Conner Hoover, who had two hits, two RBI and scored twice. “We wanted to show what we had and that’s what we did.”
The 12 runs were more than enough for Wolfpack starter Austin Robinson (1-0), who gave up one run on two hits while striking out six.
The Patriots (1-2) scored in the first inning. After Jalen Lampkin walked and Chandler Silas singled, Lampkin scored on Price Dodd’s sacrifice fly before Robinson shut them down.
“Pitching’s a lot like golf, you want to control your misses,” Wolfpack head coach Chris Wilkins said. “His misses were off the plate, they weren’t over the plate and I thought he did a really good job after the first inning of managing the game.”
David Hagelston (0-1) allowed eight runs – three earned – on nine hits in four innings. He got the first two outs in each of the first four innings, but the final out proved to be the pesky one as the Wolfpack scored their first eight runs with two outs.
After Adam Sasser singled home a run in the first, Travis Martinez and Steven Maier singled home runs in the second and broke the game open with five unearned runs in the fourth, with Maier doubling in two more.
The Patriots committed two errors in that fourth inning.
Maier led the Wolfpack with three hits and four RBI, while Sasser added two hits and two RBI.