Impressive stretch going for Mavs softball
WAXHAW – Marvin Ridge is riding a seven-game win streak, as well as a three-game shutout streak where they’ve outscored their opponents 25-0.
The streak began on March 29 at Parkwood when senior star Gabby Baylog tossed a five-hit shutout that included 10 strikeouts to just one walk in the 5-0 win.
Baylog was again terrific April 3, posting a complete game five-hit shutout that featured six strikeouts.
She tossed a five-inning no-hitter, striking out nine while walking just one, in an 18-0 win over Weddington.
Baylog, who has signed with Coastal Carolina, has been dominant all year. She is 9-2 this season with a 0.68 ERA. In 72 innings, she has struck out 117 batters and in her last nine starts, Baylog has allowed a total of four earned runs.
The Mavs are 9-2 overall atop the Southern Carolinas Conference with a 7-1 mark.
After winning streak, Pirate softball now stumbling
INDIAN TRAIL – The Porter Ridge softball team caught fire after sneaking out an 8-7 nine-inning affair in mid-March and went on to win six straight against some of the Southwestern 4A bottom-feeders.
Since then, the Pirates have dropped two of three and fallen to a tied for second place with Hickory Ridge as the two set to close the regular seeding April 18 in a game that will decide second place in the conference and playoff seeding for the upcoming NCHSAA tournament.
The mini-slide began March 28 when the Pirates lost 8-7 to Hickory Ridge. Porter Ridge banged out 15 hits and got three each from Hailey Jernigan, Lauren Love, Jessica Benckert and Kenlynn Walker.
On April 3, the Pirates bounced back with a 4-3 win over Butler, but squandered a 3-0 lead in a 9-3 loss to conference-leading Independence the following night.
Parkwood softball heating up, scoring runs
MONROE – The Parkwood softball team has won six of their past seven games while averaging well over eight runs per game to climb back into the Southern Carolinas standings.
In their most recent win April 4, the Rebels got two hits apiece from Hailey Simpson and Avery Bellai, but could not muster any more offense in the game.
Still, they found a way to take advantage of four Piedmont errors and beat the Panthers 4-2.
Freshman pitcher Jillian Thomas scattered seven hits across seven innings, but didn’t walk anyone and struck out four to earn the win.
The Panthers have rotated some with Thomas, Anna Laney, Grace Crocker and Serena Yalich all seeing time in the circle.
It’s been the same at the plate with big bats Amber Parker, Sarah Harkins, Jenna Whelan and Natalie Ruth putting up some of the team’s bigger numbers.
Piedmont baseball takes two of three from Rebels
MONROE – The Piedmont baseball team pulled out the series win over Parkwood after defeating the Rebels 8-2 in the rubber match April 4.
The Panthers opened the series with a come-from-behind walk-off win after they scored two in the bottom of the seventh to win 5-4.
Colby Lamm, Chad Sikes, Dominic Ciccone, Tyler Wiley and Carter DuHaime drove in runs for Piedmont. Aidan Specht tossed three innings of scoreless relief to get the win.
Josh Rodriguez, Austin Laney and Carson Davis all drove in runs while Jesse Harkey scored twice for Parkwood.
The next day, the Rebels defeated Piedmont, 10-0. Harkey drove in three, Austin Burns had a pair of hits and Andrei Beal drove in two and tossed a complete game six-hit shutout with seven strikeouts for the Rebels.
In the rubber match, DuHaime went 2-for-3 with four RBIs. Lamm and Blake Smith combined on a one-hitter.
Golfers qualify for Siler City invitational
SILER CITY – Several area golfers advanced to the Jimmy Anderson Boys’ Invitational based on performances at the qualifer held April 6 at Siler City Country Club.
Union County residents advancing include Caleb Surratt (Indian Trail), Nicholas Song (Waxhaw), Karsten Shields (Monroe), Luke Cashion (Waxhaw) and Christopher Poor (Marvin).
The Jimmy Anderson Boys’ Invitational takes place April 13 to 14 at the Jacksonville Country Club in Jacksonville.