There’s little stopping North Stokes softball team this season, but East Surry made a solid go at it.
The Lady Cardinals (14-5, 5-2) led 4-2 entering the fifth inning, but North Stokes rallied, and a two-run homer from Chandley Garner proved to be the difference as the Vikings earned a 6-4 victory.
“North Stokes is never out of a game with the way they can hit the ball,” East Surry coach Randy Marion said. “Especially Chandley. When she comes up to bat, you’re just expecting a hard-hit ball somewhere.”
The win seemingly clinches an outright Northwest Conference title for North Stokes. A loss would have forced a tie atop the standings with East Surry, but the Vikings’ narrow win gives them a two-game cushion with two conference games remaining.
North Stokes tops South 9-1
The Lady Vikings slugged their way past South Stokes defeating the county rival for the second time this season in a non-conference matchup.
“I think we had no errors,” said Vikings coach Jeff Frye. “It’s probably one of the better games we’ve played. South played very well across the board, we just got hits at the right time.”
Freshman Lora Wood knocked two over the fence homeruns and added 2 RBI.
Sierra Hubbard and Ashley Smith added a homerun each and tacked on 5 RBI between the two.
On the mound, Hubbard threw 53 strikes.
“I thought she did a heck of a job. She hit her spots and kept them off-balance. That’s a big key. She’s moving in the right direction faster than I expected,” Frye said. “Sierra’s straight out of middle school and as a freshman she’s hit two over this season.”
South Stokes shortstop Katie Manring brought in the Saura’s lone run. Senior Samantha Williams singled, along with Paige Rideout, Autumn Miller, and Mackenzie Wagner.
North Stokes (15-1, 8-0) hosts Bishop McGuinness (5-12, 2-6) Friday night in their last game of the regular season.
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