South Stanly softball claims fifth straight YVC regular-season title

Published 3:17 pm Friday, April 15, 2022

The South Stanly softball squad entered this season as the defending 1A Western Regional champions, but went 2-2 in the team’s first four games, both one-run non-conference losses.

South responded by winning the next 13 games, including all 10 Yadkin Valley Conference matchups, to win the team’s fifth straight regular-season title.

With the 10-0 mark in YVC play, South has now won 64 consecutive regular-season conference games.

The Bulls will have two weeks of non-conference games before hosting the YVC tournament in the first week of May.

Four players this season for South have batted over the .400 mark, led by junior Kassie Swink (.492). Senior Emma Campbell has hit .464, followed by juniors Skylar Mauldin (.457) and Mattie Poulos (.444). Poulos leads the team with 11 home runs and 38 RBIs. Swink has eight doubles this season, with Campbell adding seven,

As a team, South is hitting .480 with an on-base plus slugging (OPS) mark of 1.084 and has outscored opponents 160-32, including 110-17 in conference games.

“We take one game at a time,” head coach David Poplin said. “We prepare for our next opponent to the best of our ability and with whatever information we have available to us.”

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 four times by the North Carolina Press Association.

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