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South Stanly softball opens season with lopsided win

In 2019, when West Stanly went 28-2 en route to the 2A title, only three teams scored four runs or more against the Colts.

One of those teams was a South Stanly squad who finished 22-3 losing in the third round of the state playoffs.

This season, South returns four starters after graduating five starters in 2020, and got the season off to a strong start Tuesday night with an 18-1 win in six innings at North Moore.

Senior pitcher Sadie Lee pitched three scoreless innings and got the win for the Bulls, striking out seven. Junior Ali Glover pitched the final three innings in the allowing no hits or walks with eight strikeouts.

South racked up 16 hits in the win over the Mustangs as six different players had two hits each. Sophomore Kassie Swink and Mattie Poulos drove in three runs each while Sadie Lee, Cassidy Smith and Skylar Mauldin had two RBIs each.

Head coach David Poplin is in his 17th season with the Bulls and has a 285-111 overall record. He is rejoined on the staff by assistant coach Matthew Little (10 seasons) along with one new assistant coach. Emily Poplin, Coach Poplin’s daughter, played on the 2012 1A state title team for South and joins the staff as a coach.

The South head coach said south is “fairly young compared to the teams we have had in recent years. Although our pitching staff is experienced with Sadie and Ali, the the other defensive positions will be high school newcomers.
We still look to be very competitive and challenge for Yadkin Valley Conference title.”

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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