The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)


April 23, 2012

SSHS, AHS, WSHS, Gray Stone, North Rowan pick up wins

Monday, April 23, 2012 — South Stanly 15

Albemarle 0

The South Stanly softball team returned to conference play in a big way on Tuesday afternoon with a 15-0 win at Rock Creek Park over Albemarle.

Steely Russell improved to 6-4 this season with the win for the Bulls (12-5, 10-3 YVC).

Six different South players had multi-hit games Tuesday, led by Ali Gallagher’s four-RBI performance.

The Bulls travel to North Moore tonight, then host second-place Chatham Central on Friday night.

SS    542    5        15    14    1

A    000    0        0    1     1

WP – Steely Russell (4 IP, 0 R, 1 hit, 0 BB, 10 K)

Leading Hitters: SS: Ali Gallagher 2-4, HR, 4 RBI; Lacey Leary 2-3, 2 RBI; Haley Starnes 2-2, RBI; Clancy Russell 2-3, 2 RBI; Meredith Martin 1-3, 2 RBI.


Allie Watkins threw a three-inning no-hitter as the Colts improved to 13-3 overall and 9-1 in the Rocky River Conference with the win.

The Colts will travel to Piedmont tonight for their third game in as many nights.

WS    0(12)5        17    13    0

UA    000            0    0    0

WP – Allie Watkins

Leading Hitters: WS – Savannah Blalock 2-3; Jamie Linker 2-2; Samantha Lowder 2-2; Shelby Green 2-3; Catherine Morgan 2-2.


The Gray Stone Knights softball squad ventured out of conference play on Monday and earned a 1-0 road win at 3A South Rowan.

Sydney Freeman combined with Savannah Jordan and Katie Kepley to pitch a three-hit shutout of the Raiders. Freeman went four innings, while Jordan pitched the middle two and Kepley got the save by pitching the seventh.

Gray Stone manufactured the only run of the game in the top of the sixth inning. Freeman singled and reached third base, including a sacrifice bunt from Allyson Burnett. Freeman then scored on a Kepley RBI sacrifice fly for the lone run of the game.

GS    000    001    0    1    6    0

SR    000    000    0    0    3    0

WP –  Sydney Freeman 4 IP, 0 R, 3 hits, 1 BB, 0K)

LP – L. Lowery (7 IP, 1ER, 6 hits, 1 BB, 2 K)

S – Katie Kepley

Leading Hitters: GS – Katie Kepley RBI; Jordan Orick 2-3; Sydney Freeman 2-3; Heidi Foreman 1-3, 3B. SR ­–  K. Stamie 1-3; E. Pope 1-3.


Returning to Yadkin Valley Conference action in Richfield on Tuesday afternoon, the Gray Stone softball team fell behind 2-0 early and a late rally fell short in a 2-1 loss to the Cavaliers.

Samantha Jacobs got the win for North Rowan (7-8, 5-8 YVC), while Sydney Freeman took the loss for the Knights (8-8, 5-8).

North Rowan got two runners on with a Lexis Gonzales single and a hit batter to start the top of the third inning, but when Gonzales tried to score on Lindsay Hinson’s single, she was thrown out at the plate from Katie Kepley to Catherine Harwood.

With two outs, Hinson scored on an error and Taylor Sells, who reached on an error, scored on Jacobs’ RBI single to right field.

Gray Stone had runners in scoring position in four different innings in the game, but were unable to get a run across until the bottom of the seventh.

In the seventh with two outs, Harwood walked, reached second on a passed ball and got to third on a bunt single from Sidney Cole.

Pressley Laton then scored Harwood on an RBI infield single to second base to cut the Cavs’ lead in half.

With runners on second and third, Jacobs got a ground ball back to her on the mound and threw to first to end the game.

The Knights host East Montgomery on Friday afternoon at 5 p.m.

NR    002    000    0    2    6    2

GS    000    000    1    1    4    2

WP – Samantha Jacobs (7 IP, 1 ER 4 hits, 4 BB, 8 K)

LP – Sydney Freeman (7 IP, 0 ER, 6 hits, 0 BB, 5 K)

Leading Hitters: NR ­–  Lindsey Hinson 2-4; Samantha Jacobs 1-3, RBI; Taylor Sells RBI. GS – Pressley Laton 1-3, RBI.


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