RALEIGH – South Caldwell faces a deciding game in the state 4A softball championships series on Sunday at 1 p.m., battling Wilmington Hoggard at N.C. State.
The fifth-seeded Spartans won a must-have Game 2 on Saturday afternoon 3-2 after falling 3-2 in eight innings in the opener game at Dial Stadium earlier in the day.
South Caldwell is 24-5 heading into Sunday’s deciding game and Wilmington Hoggard, a No. 4 seed, is 20-8.
South Caldwell 3, Wilmington Hoggard 2
Addison Blair’s walk-off single in the seventh inning gave the Spartans a Game 2 victory and kept their state title hopes alive.
The Spartans grabbed an early 1-0 lead on a home run in the fourth inning by Jasmine Hall.
Hoggard scored twice in the fourth inning to lead when Icess Tresvick doubled in Isabell Cobert (infield single) and Kira Soodek (single).
South Caldwell pulled even in the fourth inning after Kenley Jackson was hit by a pitch, was sacrificed to second base and scored on an outfield error.
In the bottom of the seventh inning, Ciara Hanson singled to right field leading off the inning for the Spartans. Katie Wright sacrificed Hanson to second base before a wild pitch moved Hanson to third base, setting the table for Blair’s game-winning hit.
MORE GAME 2 COVERAGE BY WILMINGTON STARNEWS: https://www.starnewsonline.com/sports/20190601/hoggard-softball-moves-to-game-3-for-4a-state-title
Wilmington Hoggard 3, South Caldwell 2, 8 inn.
In the opening game of a best-of-3 series that was suspended by rain on Friday in the bottom of the third inning, Hoggard won on a bases-loaded error with one out in the bottom of the eighth inning.
Jaclyn Jordan reached on the error that scored Skyler Walker with the winning run.
South Caldwell had an early 1-0 lead after a run-scoring hit by Regan Weisner.
Anna Taylor’s single in the bottom of the second inning with two outs gave Hoggard its first lead at 2-1.
Weisner homered to left in the top of the seventh – her 17th home run of the season – to pull the Spartans even at 2-2 and force extra innings.
South Caldwell loaded the bases with none out in the eighth inning before Hoggard got three outs to end that threat.
Walker had a one-out double that was followed by two walks before the error scored the winning run.
Jesse Mathis took the win for the Vikings, going eight innings. She allowed two runs (both earned), gave up nine hits, struck out 10 and walked three.
Anna King threw 7 1/3 innings for South Caldwell, allowing three runs (none earned) and five hits. She struck out six and walked seven.
Jenna Pittman relieved King with the bases full in the eighth, and she threw 11 pitches before game-ending error.
MORE GAME 1 COVERAGE BY WILMINGTON STARNEWS: https://www.starnewsonline.com/sports/20190601/hoggard-softball-wins-game-1-of-4a-state-championship