LITHIA — The formula for East Bay is simple: play tight defense, scratch out a run or two and let Kayla Cox handle the rest. Friday night the plan worked to perfection.
Aliceson Holliday delivered a late two-run single, East Bay was flawless in the field and Cox punched out 16 Wolves as the visiting Indians (7-4-1) defeated district rival Newsome 2-0.
“That was a very good team we beat,” East Bay coach Glenn Rodriguez said. “They have an excellent pitcher and don’t make many mistakes.”
It was the Indians’ fifth win in a row and second this season against Newsome (5-2).
“To beat (Newsome) you need your 'A’ game,” Rodriguez said. “And we brought that twice against them this year.”
Bailey Schinella (3-2) and Cox (7-0) were locked in a pitcher’s duel until East Bay loaded the bases in the sixth. Then with two outs, Holliday sent a looping liner up the middle that took a bad hop near second base. The ball kicked away, allowing a pair of runs to score. That was more than enough for Cox, who was in control all night.
“She’s a much smarter pitcher this year,” Rodriguez said. “I think that comes with being a senior.”
Cox fanned the side three times, surrendered a lone single and didn’t allow a runner past second . The N.C. State recruit hasn’t given up an earned run this season.
“I pitched my heart out, just like I do every game,” Cox said. “I knew my defense would make the plays and my team would score for us.”
Brandon Wright, Times correspondent