West Stanly softball tops South Stanly to end regular season

Published 3:42 pm Monday, May 1, 2023

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Two defending state champions took the field Friday night at West Stanly as the Colts, on a 20-game win streak, hosted the defending 1A champs of South Stanly.

The two teams met a few weeks ago at the finals of a Spring Break tournament, with West winning that game 4-2. The Colts had earlier in the week won the Rocky River Conference regular-season title.

South entered Friday’s game with just two losses on the season, including the loss to West, having won the Yadkin Valley Conference regular-season crown and sitting atop the 1A Western Region rankings.

West took an early lead, as it had in the previous game, and squashed a seventh-inning South rally to earn a 3-1 win, the team’s 21st in a row.

Elizabeth Ingle put the Colts up 1-0 in the second inning with a solo home run. West added runs in the third and fourth innings on bunt singles from Lily Huneycutt and Lilly Hartsell.

South (19-3) got on the board with one out in the top of the seventh on a Skylar Mauldin RBI double. Huneycutt then got her eighth and ninth strikeouts of the game to end the rally and give West the win.

Huneycutt allowed two hits in the game and did not walk a batter to earn the win for West.

Mattie Poulos allowed three earned runs on five hits with one walk and one strikeout in four innings of work for South, taking the loss. Riley Dennis pitched two scoreless innings of relief for the Bulls.

Both teams head to their respective conference tournaments this week, as West plays Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Anson. The Colts will take on Central Academy (7-14).

South hosts all the games of the YVC conference tournament this week. The Bulls are scheduled to play Wednesday at 7 p.m.

The finals for both tournaments are scheduled to be at 7 p.m. Friday.

About Charles Curcio

Charles Curcio has served as the sports editor of the Stanly News & Press for more than 16 years and has written numerous news and feature storeis as well. 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 won an award from Boone Newspapers, and has won four North Carolina Press Association awards.

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