Caitlyn Emberson goes 3-for-3

In a couple of weeks the regular season will be over and the playoff schedule will begin.

The Taft varsity softball team’s quest to get to that transition undefeated in league play continued on a special day Thursday afternoon when they defeated the Wasco Tigers 12-1.

“The team came out hitting the ball very well,” said Taft coach Russell Emberson.

With the victory, Taft improves to 17-6 overall and 8-0 in the South Sequoia League.

It didn’t take long for the Lady Wildcats to get on the scoreboard thanks to five runs in the top of the first inning highlighted by Johanna Wilke’s homerun.

Taft added three more runs in the second inning led by home runs from Caitlyn Emberson and Corie Evans. After putting up two runs in the third, the Lady Wildcats completed their scoring run with a run in the fourth and fifth innings.

Emberson led the charge by going 3-for-3 with two runs and three runs batted in. Evans followed by going 2-for-4 with three runs scored and three runs batted in. Wilke also went 2-for-4 with a run scored, four runs batted in along with a double and homerun.

Haylee Tracy and Kelsey Wilmer each were 1-for-2. Tracy also scored two runs while Wilmer scored once. Neher scored a run while Arizona Pilgrim had a run batted in and a sacrifice fly.

On the pitching side, Pilgrim threw three innings, allowing two hits (including a double) while striking out five batters. Evans tossed two innings, giving up two hits, a run (earned), a walk and a home run while striking out a batter.

With time winding down on the season, there are still things Emberson says the team needs to work on.

“We will continue to work on our hitting and defense,” he said. “Defense is the key for us to make a long run in the playoffs.”

Taft returns to action Tuesday when they host Bakersfield Christian. The game begins at 4 p.m.