Pitcher perfect: Raney Phelps is on the mound, and pretty good at the plate, too

Published 1:28 pm Tuesday, March 14, 2023

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It was a golden week for Raney Phelps of South Davie’s softball team. In two games, she struck out 26 batters in 12 innings and she also belted two home runs in one game.

The start of the season was immensely satisfying for the Tigers, who defeated Ellis and Wesleyan Christian Academy.

“It’s got to be the first time South has started with two wins in I don’t know how long,” coach Donnie Brown said. “We won three games last year and two the year before that.”

In a home game against Ellis on March 7, Phelps punched out 13 batters on strikes and Addie Brown smashed her first middle school homer as South pounded the Jaguars 8-2.

Brown went 2 for 2, while Phelps and Scarlett Brock both went 2-3.

“She’s hit a bunch (of homers) in travel ball, but never in middle school,” Brown said of his daughter.

SD 10, WCA 0

Phelps put on an all-around clinic in a 10-0 home win over Wesleyan on March 9. She pitched a perfect game (five innings), striking out 13 of 15 batters, and went 2 for 2 with two homers.

They were the first homers of Phelps’ life. “She had a freaking stellar game,” Brown said. “She was pretty pumped.”

The Trojans put two balls in play. Allison Cothren and Serenity Miller, who split time at first base, gobbled both up and touched first for the out.

Brown and Brock both went 2 for 2. Brown roped two doubles and Brock hit a triple.

ND Wins

Landry Parsons had two doubles and a single as North Davie blew out North Carolina Leadership Academy on the road on March 7.

North got two hits from Jayda Steele, Audrina Bledsoe and Calloway Spillman. One of Steele’s hits was a triple.

Kinley Pasquet and Parsons combined for eight strikeouts in the circle.

Ellis 11, ND 7

Steele (.750 season average) went 3 for 3 with two RBIs, but it wasn’t enough to prevent a loss to Ellis on March 9.

Bledsoe went 2 for 3 with two RBIs. Jaynie Patton, Hayden Gavura and Spillman had one hit each for North.