Lady Vikings coach Jeff Frye kept the meeting with his players short Tuesday night after their 16-3 loss to North Stanly in the first game of a best-of-three 1A state semifinal series.
“I told them the only thing we can do is move forward. We didn’t talk a whole lot about the errors. Our goal is to go down there Thursday, do work and push this game to Saturday.”
North Stanley added a run in the first inning, six in the fourth, and five more in the fifth. They topped it off by piling on four more in the sixth off a grand slam from pitcher Sam Hogan.
“I reminded the girls about how many great games we’ve played. To me, this was a total fluke for us. We had at least 13 errors and in this round you have to be solid,” the coach said.
The Lady Vikings tacked on their three runs in the third off a single from Sarah McBride, a walk from Tana Frye, and doubles from Emma Petree and Emily Evans.
North travels to New London on Thursday night for the second game of the series. The third game will be played at North Stokes on Saturday.
“Our girls are ready to play again to get back what we lost here tonight. This wasn’t North Stokes softball. We’re going to keep our heads up and grow from it,” Frye said.
West Stokes ladies soccer team ended their run to another state title this season in the fourth round of the NCHSAA playoffs at home Friday night in a 1-0 loss to Central Academy.
“I think they played as good as they could play under the circumstances,” said coach Chris Manley. “We had opportunities to score, but we just didn’t. You can’t beat a quality team at this level without scoring when you’re supposed to.”
Both teams battled through rainy, cold conditions. Central Academy dented the scoring column when Emilee Duke slid through the Wildcats defense and fired a shot into the back of the net in the second half.
“They were resilient. They didn’t give up. It’s disappointing, but you can’t take anything away from the heart of this team,” Manley said.
In goal Liz Nail played a full match earning six saves on Friday. The Wildcats goalie leaves behind an impressive mark on the program before moving on to play Division II at Catawba College.
Offensively, the Lady Wildcats recorded 14 shots, three coming from freshmen standouts Zoe Wehr and Lizzy Luzzi.
“It’s not the outcome we wanted, but I hope they’ll all keep their heads up, reflect on their accomplishments this year and the character they’ve shown through adversity,” the coach said.
Amanda Dodson can be reached at 336-813-2426 or on Twitter at AmandaTDodson.