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West hands South first loss of season

By Jesse Deal, for the SNAP

In a clash between two undefeated varsity softball teams, West Stanly sealed the deal
over South Stanly with a go-ahead home run by Megan Stockton in the sixth inning
Thursday.

The Colts (7-0, 1-0) were able to keep the Rebel Bulls (7-1, 7-0) from scoring in the
seventh inning and found themselves with a thrilling 6-4 home victory. The Bulls held a
4-3 lead before Stockton’s three-run blast.

“This really was a great comeback tonight,” West Stanly coach Craig Carter said. “I’m proud of how well we were able to get hits to right field.”

Going into the game, West had 34 runs and hadn’t allowed any this season; South had
racked up a 88 runs and allowed only six.

Colts pitcher Jordan Hatch recorded 11 strikeouts throughout the course of the game and
recovered quickly from an opening inning where South center fielder Huntley Rummage
knocked in two runs with a two-out single.

West shortstop Morgan Edwards responded with a solo blast in the Colts’ first at-bat of
the match-up. Two innings later, catcher Rosalyn McRae put West ahead with a two-run
homer off Bulls pitcher Sadie Lee.

McRae was 3-for-3 at the plate with a double, homer and a single. As a team, West put
up 13 hits, while South managed six hits.

South regained the lead in the top of the fifth inning after the Colts walked in a run,
which was followed by another run-scoring single by Rummage.

The contest was originally scheduled to take place in Norwood but was moved due to
weather concerns.

West currently sits at the top of the Rocky River 2A conference standings while South is
leading the Yadkin Valley 1A teams.

The Colts’ next game is a rematch with conference-opponent Forest Hills (3-3, 0-1)
Friday night at home. West defeated the Yellow Jackets on the road, 4-0, March 19.
The Bulls have a home game against Uwharrie Charter Academy (4-2, 4-1) Friday; the
Eagles suffered a 7-0 loss to South earlier in the season.