An absence of clutch hitting has been a recurring theme for the Rome High softball team this season.
But the Lady Wolves put an end to the trend on Thursday.
With Tashira Welch going 3-for-3 with five RBIs and Melia Fain adding two hits and driving in three runs, the Lady Wolves rolled to a 13-1 home win over New Manchester.
The Lady Wolves, who improved to 2-2 in the region, set a season-high in runs during the victory, which was shortened to four innings by the run rule.
The offensive outburst came in support of senior pitcher Destiny Adams, who limited New Manchester to two hits and one unearned run.
Rome head coach Michael Dougherty said the victory is evidence of the progress his young team has made.
“Were getting better, and that’s all I can ask,” he said. “We graduated seven senior starters from last year’s team, and we knew we would have a lot of young (players) this season or at least (players) with not a lot of experience.”
Dougherty said one of the biggest developments during Thursday’s win was seeing the Lady Wolves lineup consistently come up with hits with runners in scoring position.
“The last three games, we just needed some timely hits (to flip the game around),” Dougherty said, “but we just couldn’t come up with that one big hit.”
That was not the case Thursday, when virtually every player in the lineup had a hit, an RBI or a run scored.
Welch finished with a pair of doubles, and Megan Harrell and Hannah Abbott each had one RBI.
Rome has a busy week next week with three consecutive road games — visiting Coosa for a non-region game on Monday, followed by region contests at Woodland on Tuesday and at Paulding County on Wednesday.
The region games will be especially important for Rome in their quest for a berth in the 5-AAAAA tournament. Only the top eight teams from the region qualify for the tourney.
“(Making the postseason) would be huge,” said Dougherty. “It would show how far we’ve come and what the girls have put into it.”