RALEIGH Andrea Britt had two hits and drove in two runs
on Saturday afternoon as Winterville South Central blanked Southwestern Randolph 3-0 to earn the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 3-A softball championship at Walnut Creek Softball Complex.
Britt, a senior infielder, was named the Most Valuable
Player of the tournament. Kimberly Boltinhouse and freshman Morgan Davis also had two hits apiece in South Central¹s nine-hit attack. Caitlin Wainwright was the winning pitcher, holding Southwestern Randolph to just one hit and fanning seven in firing the shutout. Anna Maness was charged with the loss.
South Central finished 25-2 in winning its initial NCHSAA
state softball crown. Southwestern Randolph closed the year at 24-4.
Southwestern, the defending state champs but a young team
this year with only three seniors on the roster, advanced to the title game by beating Triton earlier on Saturday by a 4-0 count on a five-hit shutout by Maness, who helped her own cause with a two-run homer. Amelia Frye also had two hits and an RBI for the winners, while Stephanie Wood had two hits in three trips for Triton. Triton ended its year at 22-7.
South Central had opened play Friday night with a 6-3
victory over Erwin Triton to advance to play Southwestern. Wainwright got the win in both of the Falcons¹ victories on the first day of the
tournament. 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.