South Central rallied from a 6-0 deficit against defending state champion Southwestern Randolph and won a 9-8 thriller Friday night to advance to the championship game of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 3-A softball championships at Walnut Creek Softball Complex.
South Central had opened play with a 6-3 victory over Erwin Triton to advance to play Southwestern. Caitlin Wainwright got the win in both of the Falcons¹ victories. Shakemia Edwards had two hits for the winners in their first game, and then Carly Hobbs was the big hitter in the second contest with a three for four night including a home run.
Holly Berry was three for four with a homer for Southwestern Randolph. The Lady Cougars had to battle to win a 1-0, nine-inning game in their opener over Enka, as Anna Maness hurled a complete
In the elimination game, Triton ousted Enka 1-0 in nine innings on a run-scoring double by Brittany Tyndall. Jordan West was the losing pitcher for Enka, which finished the year 20-5.
Southwestern (23-3) will face Triton (22-6) Saturday morning at eleven o¹clock in the loser¹s bracket finals, with the survivor facing South Central (24-2) for the title. If a team from the loser¹s bracket wins, the decisive game will follow at 4 p.m.
NORTH CAROLINA HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION
2008 STATE 3-A SOFTBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS
WALNUT CREEK SOFTBALL COMPLEX, RALEIGH
Southwestern Randolph 1, Enka 0 (9 innings)
Winterville South Central 6, Erwin Triton 3
WINNER¹S BRACKET FINAL
South Central 9, Southwestern Randolph 8
Triton 1, Enka 0 (9 innings)
LOSER¹S BRACKET FINAL
Southwestern Randolph (23-3) vs. Triton (22-6), Saturday at 11 am
South Central (24-2) vs.Southwestern Randolph-Triton winner, 1:30 pm
If a team from the loser¹s bracket wins, the decisive game
will follow at 4 p.m.