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North Stanly softball upsets West Region’s No. 2 seed in 1A state playoffs

The North Stanly softball team went on the road Friday night in the second round of the 1A state playoffs and upset the No. 2 seed in the Western Region, the Roxboro Community School Bulldogs, 2-1.

Merris Talbert earned the complete-game win for North Stanly (15-6) striking out 18 batters in the win over Roxboro (18-2).

Both of the Comets’ runs came in the top of the first inning. Singles by Payton Landis and Mimi Selke set up a Devyn Eury RBI single and a Reagan Speight RBI sacrifice fly.

Roxboro’s lone run of the game was an unearned run scored in the bottom of the sixth.

“It was as dominant a pitched game as I recall ever seeing,” North head coach Greg Speight said regarding Talbert’s performance.

“It we catch a foul pop-up, it’s probably a no-hit shutout. I feel fortunate to have been there to see it.”

No. 15 North Stanly will go on the road Tuesday to take on No. 10 Murphy (16-2) who won Friday night at seventh-seeded Lincoln Charter, 4-2 in eight innings.

About Charles Curcio

Charles Curcio was the sports editor of the Stanly News & Press from 1999-2001 and has currently served in the same capacity since 2008. He was awarded the NCHSAA Tim Stevens Media Representative of the Year and named CNHI Sports Editor of the Year in 2014. He has also been honored twice by the North Carolina Press Association.

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