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BUNN — The South Granville softball winning streak came to a screeching halt with a 8-1 defeat at Bunn on April 10. The Lady Vikings won 35 straight games prior to the road contest.
Bunn broke on top with three runs in the bottom of the second inning. The Lady Wildcats put together a string of singles and a couple of bunts to take the lead.
South Granville answered in the top of the third inning with Jenna Curry leading off with a single. Jordan Talley followed with a single, but was mowed down at second when Paige Strickland hit into a fielder’s choice. Ally Goss drew a walk to load the bases for the Lady Vikings. Savannah Thompson sacrificed and allowed Curry to score from third.
The Lady Vikings left the tying runs, Strickland and Goss, on base. Bunn got out of the inning with a 3-1 lead and the momentum of the game in their favor.
South Granville looked poised to score in the top of the fifth inning when Curry led off with a double and moved to third on a Strickland sacrifice. However, once again, the Lady Vikings ended the inning with a runner left in scoring position.
Bunn followed by putting the game out of reach in the bottom half of the inning. The Wildcats used a single and two walks to load the bases. Caroline White blasted a double to drive in two runs. Bunn continued to score with Maddie Driver and Liz Parrish pushing runners across the plate.
After the dust settled the Lady Wildcats built an 8-1 advantage and sensed the South Granville winning streak was about to come to an end.
The Lady Vikings went quietly in the sixth inning, but showed signs of life in the top of the seventh inning. Curry singled with one out and moved to second on a wild pitch. Talley drew a walk for South Granville and Strickland followed with a fly ball to right field to move Curry to third. But another fly ball to right field ended the contest.
South Granville coach Jackie Day said his team had a target on its back and a result like this one would eventually happen one day.
South Granville’s Brooke Bowling worked five innings and allowed nine hits and three walks. She struck out three Lady Wildcat batters. Bowling gave way to Megan Ellis in the sixth inning. Ellis faced four Bunn batters and threw 14 pitches for South Granville.
Statistics — Jordan Talley (1-for-3), Jenna Curry (3-for-3, 2B) and Savannah Thompson (RBI).