WILDWOOD — The first time the Wildwood High School softball team played Pitman this season, the game was memorable for multiple reasons.
For starters, Wildwood trailed 9-1 after the first inning and rallied back to take a lead. Then Pitman responded and eventually won the contest, 25-23, in what will certainly go down as one of the highest-scoring high school softball games across the state this season.
There wasn’t as much drama when the teams met for the second time this season on Thursday.
Wildwood scored three times in the first inning and nine more times in the second to lead from start to finish in what turned into a 17-8 victory. The win evened Wildwood’s record at 4-4.
Leah Benichou led the Wildwood offense with three hits, four runs scored and an RBI. AVa Troiano also scored four times and had two hits and two RBI. Jenna Hans and Kaydence Oakley each added two hits and two RBI for Wildwood. And Maya Benichou chipped in two hits.
The Lady Warriors were out-hit, 17-14, but Wildwood had numerous extra baserunners thanks to 11 walks and a hit batter. Pitman, meanwhile, walked just twice and had two batters hit by a pitch.
Charlotte Kilian was the winning pitcher for Wildwood. She struck out six.