Chelsea Leonard of Central Davidson had a pair of dominating performances to lead her to the winner¹s bracket finals of the
North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 2-A softball
championships at Walnut Creek Softball Complex on Friday night.
Leonard pitched a one-hit shutout in the first game of the evening, a 2-0 victory over Canton Pisgah in which she struck out 16 and did not walk a batter, and followed with a 15-strikeout, one-hit blanking of South Lenoir to earn her 28th victory.
Central Davidson, seeking its second straight NCHSAA title, is now 31-0 and will await the winner of Pisgah and South Lenoir in the loser¹s bracket final on Saturday morning at eleven o¹clock. The championship game is set for 1:30 and if the team from the loser¹s bracket wins, another game will follow at 4 p.m. for the title.
Nicole Perry had two hits for Central in the win over Pisgah. Taylor Willis was charged with the loss.
South Lenoir opened with a 3-2 win over West Stokes, rallying from a 2-0 deficit. Leigh Smith, Kara Tucker, Lorri Cole and Taylor Williams each had two hits for South. Kayla Cole, who struck out 10, was the
winning pitcher while Chancey Stones was the loser.
In the elimination game, Robyn Burnett went three for three and Nicole Smith added two hits as Pisgah rolled to a 5-0 victory. Willis tossed a three-hitter to earn the pitching decision.
NORTH CAROLINA HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION
2008 STATE 2-A SOFTBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS
WALNUT CREEK SOFTBALL COMPLEX, RALEIGH
Central Davidson 2, Canton Pisgah 0
South Lenoir 3, West Stokes 2
WINNER¹S BRACKET FINAL
Central Davidson 1, South Lenoir 0
Pisgah 5, West Stokes 0
LOSER¹S BRACKET FINAL
South Lenoir (20-5) vs. Pisgah (22-6), Saturday at 11 am
Central Davidson (31-0) vs. South Lenoir-Pisgah winner, Saturday at 1:30