Spillman, Gavura spark North softball rally

Published 8:53 am Thursday, March 30, 2023

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North Davie’s softball team rallied from three down and then blew a five-run lead before surviving an extra-inning thriller at Watauga. When the dust settled, it was North 12, Watauga 11.

The Wildcats trailed 5-2 after four innings. They held a 10-5 lead following an eight-run fifth. Then it was Watauga’s turn to fight back, the hosts improbably scoring five in the bottom of the seventh to tie the score at 10 and force extra innings.

North got two in the top of the eighth. Watauga answered with one, but no more as the Wildcats made Calloway Spillman’s four-hit performance stand up.

Hayden Gavura, Jaynie Patton and Jayda Steele contributed two hits apiece, and Katelyn Watson, Landry Parsons and Kinley Pasquet had one each.

Despite the high run total, Parsons was tough in the circle, allowing just three hits and striking out 11 in a complete-game effort.

The defensive player of the game was center fielder Gavura in the bottom of the seventh.“Hayden had defensive highlights, bringing the park to a roar by tracking down long fly balls in the gaps in the seventh,” coach George Newman said. “They surely would have been backbreakers for our team if she hadn’t taken the right angle to glove the ball.”