COPPELL, Texas -- It wasn’t until Frisco Wakeland pitcher Hannah Newcomb returned to the dugout after homering in the fourth inning that she realized she had done even more than drive in the Wolverines' 17th and 18th runs.
Newcomb had nabbed the last piece needed to complete the cycle in Wakeland’s 18-0 win over Dallas Molina in an area-round softball playoff game at Coppell High School on Friday night.
“When I came back into the dugout, we were adding up all my hits and I figured it out.” Newcomb said. “I thought it was awesome. It was one of my best games hitting so far.”
Wakeland advances past their single-game area-round matchup to face the either North Dallas or Wylie, who split the first two games of their best-of-3 series.
Newcomb led off the top of second with a single and added a run-scoring triple in her second time up in the inning. She drove in another run in the third on a double to left and finished the cycle with the home run in the fourth.
But her contribution to the game didn’t just come at the plate.
Newcomb pitched all five innings in the mercy-rule shortened game, striking out eight along the way. She didn’t allow Molina's first hit until there were two outs in the fourth inning and wound up with a two-hitter.
“Hannah’s been great for us all year,” Wakeland coach Chris Southard said. “She continued that today and was solid in the circle. She did what she needed to do and pounded the strike zone.”
Wakeland scored eight runs in the second, six in the third and four in the fourth. First baseman Darian Dunn contributed three hits, finishing a home run shy of joining Newcomb with a cycle.
Despite the one-sided outcome, Southard said his team was able to practice having quality at-bats for future playoff rounds.
“You just try to have good at bats and be sharp defensively," he said. "That’s the biggest thing.”