South softball holds on for 24-23 slugfest win

Published 1:44 pm Tuesday, August 22, 2023

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South Davie’s softball team squandered a 13-run lead but held on to beat visiting Southeast in a wild 24-23 slugfest on Aug. 17.

It was a big bounce back for the Tigers, who three days earlier were battered 15-0 at China Grove in the season opener.

At home against Southeast, the Tigers built a 14-1 lead in the bottom of the second. They were cruising 23-13 after the fourth, but the Patriots made them sweat it out. They roared back within 23-21 in the fifth, and they tied it 23-23 in the top of the sixth. South, though, pulled it out in the bottom of the seventh, giving Landon Mummert his first victory as the new head coach.

The game lasted more than three hours.

“I’m proud of our girls,” assistant coach Russell Hilton said. “They fought and battled through a long and hot game.”

C-L 24, Ellis 15

Ellis faced an 18-1 deficit after the top of the fourth. The Jaguars could not climb all the way back, but give them credit for fighting til the end in a 24-15 home loss to Corriher-Lipe on Aug. 17.   

Karah Shore (2 for 3, two runs, four RBIs, two walks) and Victoria Patton (2-2, four runs, three walks) led the Ellis offense in its first game of the season. Getting one hit each were Meredith Jones (1-4, three runs, two walks, triple), Adalae Massey (1-3, two walks) and Annabelle Wright (1-3, two runs, three walks). Ellie Burton and Piper Williams drew four and two walks, respectively.

Ellis mixed seven hits with 20 walks.

Ellis’ new coach is Courtney Lamb, who replaced Chris Callison. The roster includes Lily Tronsen, Kyndall Upright, Aubrey Anderson, Hannah Hajek, Bella Blalock, Maleah Sparks and Lacie Tesnar.