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March 30, 2014

Stanly County Softball Notebook

North Stanly wins at South Stanly; West Stanly gets walkoff win over Mount Pleasant

Sunday, March 30, 2014 — In softball games this week, North Stanly visited South Stanly with first place in the Yadkin Valley Conference West on the line, while West Stanly continued Rocky River Conference play with a home game against Mount Pleasant.

North Stanly 3, South Stanly 1

With the new realignment of the Yadkin Valley Conference into East and West, along with the addition of North Stanly to the YVC, Thursday’s game at South Stanly became more than a county rivalry game.

The Comets and Rebel Bulls are now part of the same YVC West Conference with both teams at the top of the standings this season.

North Stanly took advantage of two dropped third-strike calls and played solid defense behind its starting pitcher to earn a 3-1 win and maintain first place in the standings.

Samantha Hogan allowed one earned run on three hits in the complete-game win for North Stanly (4-2, 3-0 YVC West), striking out six batters.

Courtney Smith struck out 10 batters in taking the loss for South Stanly (5-4, 2-2), allowing no earned runs in the game.

North took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning when Keri Faulkner singled, stole second, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored when Heidi Smith was thrown out at first on a dropped third strike.

The Comets manufactured a run in the top of the second inning to go up by two runs. Madison Chamley singled, was sacrificed to second by Keri Russell and reached third when Alexa Sells reached first on a dropped third strike. Chamley then scored on a Megan Luther sacrifice bunt.

South Stanly got on the scoreboard with one out in the bottom of the second inning when Courtney Smith blasted a solo home run to left field.

The Bulls continued to threaten in the second inning after Rachel Nance walked and Brianna Lisk singled with two outs. Hogan then struck out the next batter to end the threat.

North added an insurance run in the top of the fourth inning. Sells singled with one out, stole second and reached third on a wild pitch. After Luther reached on a fielder’s choice on a bunt and the next batter struck out, Weslyn Almond reached first on a dropped third strike and Sells sprinted home.

Over the final four innings, Hogan retired 12 of the final 13 Bulls’ hitters, allowing only one South hitter to reach base. Chelsea Culp singled with two outs in the sixth inning for the Bulls.

“We got people on and were able to move them around and get them in position to score, then we got a break and scored,” North head coach Greg Speight said.

Regarding Hogan’s efforts on the mound, Speight said that she was solid in the game.

“We are making plays behind her for the most part; we are not beating ourselves,” Speight said.

North Stanly hosts Chatham Central on Tuesday then plays on the road Wednesday at North Moore and Thursday at East Montgomery.

South Stanly also plays three games in three nights this week, all at home. The Bulls host West Montgomery on Tuesday, Queen’s Grant on Wednesday and Hickory Grove Christian on Thursday.

NS    110    100    0    3    7    0

SS    010    000    0    1    3    1

WP – Samantha Hogan (7 IP, 1 ER, 3 hits, 1 BB, 6 K)

LP – Courtney Smith (7 IP, 0 ER, 3 hits, 0 BB, 10 K)

Hitters: NS – Heidi Smith 2-4, RBI; Megan Luther 1-2; Alexa Sells 1-3, R; Keri Faulkner 1-4, R; Madison Chamley 1-4, R; Weslyn Almond 1-4. SS – Courtney Smith 1-3, HR, RBI; Chelsey Culp 1-3; Brianna Lisk 1-2.

West Stanly 3, Mount Pleasant 2

The Colts opened Rocky River Conference play earlier this week with a win over Parkwood and made it back-to-back conference wins on Thursday with a dramatic home victory over Mount Pleasant.

Brennan Broadaway allowed no earned runs in the win for the Colts (6-4, 2-0 RRC).

Brooke Smith took the loss for the Tigers (5-4, 0-2).

The fourth hit of the game proved to be the difference in the outcome of the game. Trailing 2-1 in the bottom of the seventh, Samantha Lowder’s walk-off two-run home run lifted West to the one-run win.

Heidi Foreman was 1-3 for West with an RBI in the fourth inning that tied the game 1-1 after Mount Pleasant surged ahead on the fourth.

West Stanly hosts Monroe on Tuesday in a varsity doubleheader then hosts 4A Butler High School on Wednesday night.

MP    000    100    1    2    2    2

WS    000    100    2    3    4    4

WP – Brennan Broadaway

LP – B. Smith.

Hitters: WS – Sam Lowder 1-2, HR, 2 RBI; Brennan Broadaway 1-3; Heidi Foreman 1-3, RBI; Reagan Thomas 1-2.

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