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May 2, 2014

Stanly County Softball Notebook

Thursday, May 1, 2014 — In softball games this week, North Stanly hosted South Stanly on Tuesday with the YVC West season title on the line, while Gray Stone hosted North Moore and West Stanly continued conference play against Forest Hills.

Tuesday’s Games

North Stanly 6, South Stanly 2

Coming into the team’s first season playing at the 1A level and in the new YVC-West, the North Stanly Comets softball program had not won a regular-season title since 2007.

That year, a divided 1A/2A Rocky River Conference had four teams win a share of the regular-season crown.

North entered Tuesday’s games needing a win over South Stanly to secure the first-YVC West regular-season title.

The Comets got solid pitching from a freshman and enough offensive support to win at home 6-2.

Hogan allowed no earned runs on seven hits in the complete-game win for North Stanly (11-3, 8-0 YVC-W), scattering seven hits and striking out seven.

Sarah Bennett took the loss for South Stanly (10-9, 6-3).

The Comets jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Weslyn Almond led off with a triple and scored on Keri Faulkner’s RBI single to center field. Faulkner later scored on a wild pitch.

With two outs in the bottom of the second, Abby Fesperman doubled to right field, scoring Madison Chamley from first base. Almond then delivered an RBI single to put the Comets up 4-0.

North added two runs sixth inning on Leah Russell’s two-RBI triple.

South staged a last-inning rally in the top of the seventh. Courtney Smith reached on an error and Ashleyn Murphy brought Smith’s pinch runner, Mackenzie Lee, home with a two-out RBI single. Haley Carpenter got a bunt single and Chelsey Culp singled to right to score Murphy. The threat ended on a pop fly out to end the game.

The Comets host a doubleheader today with Union Academy at 4:30 and Albemarle at 6:30.

SS    000    000    2    2    7    1

NS    220    002    x    6    8    2

WP – Samantha Hogan (7 IP, 0 ER, 7 hits, 1 BB, 7 K)

LP – Sarah Bennett (6 IP, 6 ER, 8 hits, 2 BB, 1 K)

Hitters: SS – Haley Carpenter 2-4; Kayla Smith 1-3; Chelsey Culp 1-4, RBI; Courtney Smith 2-3; Ashelyn Murphy 1-3, RBI. NS – Weslyn Almond 2-3, 3B, RBI; Keri Faulkner 1-3, RBI; Heidi Smith 2-3; Samantha Hogan 1-3; Leah Russell 1-3, 3B, 2 RBI; Abby Fesperman 1-2, 2B, RBI.

Other Games

In other softball action, Gray Stone swept a doubleheader over North Rowan with scores of 10-0 and 15-0.

West Stanly needed just four innings to win over Forest Hills 18-3, getting a home run and seven RBIs from Sam Lowder as well as multiple-hit games from Shelby Green, Kesley Pardini, Walker Barbee and Maddie Brown.

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