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Miller homers twice, Post 13 softball walks off Johnston County


Those who braved the oppressive humidity and headed out to Rock Ridge Athletic Complete to watch the Wilson American Legion Post 13 softball team’s season opener against Area I West Division foe Johnston County Post 109 Wednesday evening witnessed a thrilling, back-and-forth affair. Backed by a pair of home runs from Wilson Christian catcher Holland Miller, post 13 erased a 7-6 seventh-inning deficit for an 8-7, walk-off win in its home opener.

Post 13 (1-0) trailed 7-6 after Post 109 (0-1) broke a 6-6 tie in the top of the seventh inning. That deficit didn’t last long, however, as Miller, who went 3 for 3 with a pair of home runs, three RBIs and three runs scored, drove her second deep shot of the evening over the left-field fence to tie the game and Nash Central’s Hannah Frazier later drew a bases-loaded walk to end it.



“That team was our rival from last year, and I knew it was going to be a heart throttle coming into this game,” said Post 13 head coach Presley Bissett. “But we did what we were supposed to. Our bats were hot, and that’s ultimately what put us in the best position to win.”

With the game tied at six runs apiece in the top of the seventh, Post 109 took the lead, as an errant throw to first from Miller allowed the go-ahead run to score.

She more than made up for that to lead off the bottom of the inning, hammering an offering from Johnston County pitcher Tori James over the left-field fence to tie the game in short order.

“I knew I had to make something happen,” Miller said. “It didn’t matter what it was, base hit, had to make something happen. I had to see the ball very well.”

With the bases loaded with two outs, Frazier faced a 3-2 count at the plate.

Her plate discipline won the day, as she watched a pitch below the strike zone, and gave her team a walk-off win of the literal variety with a free pass to drive in the winning run.

“We’re able to work really hard and push through anything, no matter if we’re up or down,” Frazier said.

Frazier’s coach was impressed with her lead-off hitter’s discipline in the game’s biggest moment.

“It says a lot about her,” Bissett said. “Her maturity in that position to be able to do that says that she’s been playing this game for a long time and she understands how important that situation is, and she did what she was supposed to do.”

Post 13 took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning off doubles from Corinth Holders’ Pyper Vardy, who also started in the circle, Hunt’s Allison Moore and Nash Central’s Maci Worrells.

After Post 109 got a run back in the second, Miller put Wilson back up by two in the bottom of the third, smacking a solo homer off the scoreboard in left field.

“Our hitting is so much better than it was last year,” Bissett said. “One through nine basically came through tonight and did what they were supposed to do at the plate. That’s what sets us apart from everyone else.”

Johnston County plated four runs int the top of the fourth inning to take a 5-3 lead, but Wilson answered back with two in the bottom of that inning to tie it at five, as the team displayed the resilience to answer back all night.

“They’re just very mature and they’ve been playing this game for a while,” Bissett said. “They know what it means to be in the game one through seven, and that’s what they did.”

Post 13 will be back in action against Wake County on Tuesday, June 8, looking to keep riding the wave of confidence from its season-opening win.

“It definitely gives us a lot of confidence,” Bissett said. “That being the best team that we’re going to see and us being able to handle them the way that we did, it’s a lot of pressure off of us to do what we needed to do the rest of the season.”

Score by innings:

Johnston 010 401 1 7

Wilson 201 210 2 8

WP-Hannah Frazier (1-0) 5 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K. LP-Tori James (0-1) 2 2/3 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 5 BB, 3 K.

LEADING HITTERS — Johnston County: Allie Stewart 2-3, 2 RBI; Tori James 2-3, 3 R. Wilson: Holland Miller 3-3, 2 HR, 3 R, 3 RBI; Maci Worrells 2-4, RBI.

Wilson Post 13’s Pyper Vardy delivers a pitch during an 8-7 win over Johnston County at Rock Ridge.  Andrew Schnittker | Times

Wilson Post 13’s Pyper Vardy delivers a pitch during an 8-7 win over Johnston County at Rock Ridge. Andrew Schnittker | Times

Wilson Post 13’s Allison Moore crosses home plate during an 8-7 win over Johnston County.  Andrew Schnittker | Times

Wilson Post 13’s Allison Moore crosses home plate during an 8-7 win over Johnston County. Andrew Schnittker | Times

Wilson Post 13's Emma Edwards barrels a pitch during an 8-7 win over Johnston County.  Andrew Schnittker | Times

Wilson Post 13’s Emma Edwards barrels a pitch during an 8-7 win over Johnston County. Andrew Schnittker | Times

Wilson Post 13’s Allie Miller exits the batter’s box during an 8-7 win over Johnston County.  Andrew Schnittker | Times

Wilson Post 13’s Allie Miller exits the batter’s box during an 8-7 win over Johnston County. Andrew Schnittker | Times