North softball survives two close games

Published 9:12 am Thursday, May 20, 2021

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North Davie’s softball team pulled out two hard-fought games over Ellis, winning 5-2 on May 11 and 2-1 on May 13.

In the first meeting, which was held at Davie High, North star pitcher Riley Potts struck out 15 as she shoved a one-hitter. The Wildcats’ offensive leaders were Autumn McEwen (two hits, RBI), Chloe Smith (hit, stolen base, run), Potts (hit, stolen base, RBI), Delaney Parsons (hit, two RBIs, run), Avery Carter (hit), Ava Tomlinson (hit) and Raelyn Lankford, who reached base three times and stole three bases.

Two days later at Ellis, the Wildcats rallied for a 2-1 win that preserved their perfect record (7-0).

“It was an outstanding game by both teams,” North coach George Newman said. “In the end, a key hit, excellent defense and great pitching helped us earn the win.”

Ellis stunned North by taking a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth. North immediately answered, scoring twice in the bottom half. Tomlinson and Caitlyn Nicholson scored on Parson’s grounder to give North the 2-1 lead.

Ellis threatened in the sixth, but Smith and Parsons got the third out when they got a Jaguar in a rundown between second and third.

Potts pitched a two-hitter. Getting one hit each for North were Lankford, Smith, Potts, Hanna Steinour, Parsons and McEwen.