Etowah’s pitching staff only allowed only one hit, while Wheeler (3-8, 0-3) committed five errors, three of which came in the second inning.
The win was a big one for Etowah (10-4-2, 4-0), which cemented its hold on first place in the region. The Lady Eagles were also given a boost by Cherokee, which beat previously unbeaten Lassiter on Thursday.
Etowah saw its first run come courtesy of a Wheeler throwing error. As Allie Brown attempted a sacrifice bunt, pitcher Anna Awald’s throw to first sailed wide, which allowed Kaitlyn Hughes to score from first.
Etowah scored five of its eight runs in the second, starting with an RBI single by Grayson Lutz that drove in Maddie Jenkins, who had reached base on an error.
Sharlene Strother, who went 2-for-2 and scored three runs, reached first on an error, which was followed by a Jenna Ertel single that loaded the bases.
Hughes then hit a grounder to third base, but the throw home from third baseman Sydney Ray was not in time, and Strother scored the Lady Eagles’ third run of the game.
Courtney Atkinson then hit a double up the middle, which scored both Lutz and Ertel. Brown’s sacrifice fly scored Hughes to increase the Lady Eagles’ lead to six.
In the bottom of the third, a throwing error from Wheeler shortstop Sammy Lee allowed Strother to score for the second time.
Wheeler couldn’t muster much offense, and Etowah ended the game two innings early when Ertel’s fifth-inning RBI single drove in Strother.
Bridgette Flaherty pitched four innings for Etowah, only giving up one hit, while Chelsi Palazzo closed out the fifth and gave up no hits.
Etowah coach Victoria Brown was happy with the team’s performance, particularly as a confidence boost heading into this weekend’s Shaw Invitational in Columbus.
“It’s going into a tournament with a win like this,” Brown said. “It helps to relax the team and get us ready for a tough weekend.”
Brown credited the entire team for the victory and praised their effort.
“We never stopped,” she said. “Early in the season, we got in the habit of getting a few runs on the board and then drop out of the game. (On Thursday), we were much better at getting runs consistently almost every inning.”