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CREEDMOOR — What could be better than beating your rival, Webb? The answer for McKenzie Chamberlain and Bailey Nelson would be beating Webb on senior night.
The Lady Vikings honored their two softball seniors and then turned around and shut out Webb, 7-0, on May 2.
South Granville looked poised to break the game open in the bottom of the first inning with Jordan Talley, Ally Goss and Savannah Thompson loading the bases. Webb managed to work their way out of the situation with a two-out ground ball to Meri Bostic at shortstop, who played the ball to Marissa Carroll at first for the third out.
The Lady Vikings sent the Lady Warriors down in order in the top of the second inning, then Renee Boone singled to start the bottom half and move all the way to third, but the Lady Vikings left her stranded at the end of the inning.
The third inning was less than productive for both teams, but the bats heated up for the Lady Vikings in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Nelson started the inning with a double off of the bottom of the fence and Boone drove her in with a slicing single. Boone advanced on a wild pitch by Shelby Talley.
Brooke Bowling helped herself in the circle by driving in Boone with a blast to center field. Kaitlyn Goss replaced Bowling as a pinch runner with the Lady Vikings leading 2-0.
Jenna Curry tapped a ball to right field that advanced a runner to second, then Paige Strickland’s triple to left field plated two Lady Vikings to put them up 4-0 at the end of the fourth inning.
Bowling and the Lady Vikings kept Webb’s bats in check in the fifth inning as the Lady Warriors struggled to get the bat on the ball.
Savannah Thompson later belted a solo home run over the center field fence to extend the South Granville lead to 5-0.
Webb had its best chance to score in the top of the sixth inning. Rachel Perez and Jordan Englebright reached base on errors and Taylor Hammett drew a walk to load the bases.
Skye Frazier stood in the batter’s box with the bases loaded. All eyes were on Frazier as she fouled off Bowling’s pitches. Finally, Bowling threw the right pitch with the right spin and Frazier popped up to Goss at third to end the inning.
“Brooke (Bowling) was hitting the mark every time,” catcher Savannah Thompson said. “Frazier was making contact, but fortunately they were foul balls.”
The Lady Vikings shut down Webb’s best opportunity to score in the top of the sixth.
Bowling started the home half of the inning with a single. Kaitlyn Goss returned to the game to run for Bowling. Curry made her way to first and Goss moved to second. Talley bunted her way on base to load the base again for the Lady Vikings. Strickland drew a walk to send Kaitlyn Goss home and Ally Goss followed with a walk to send Curry across the plate for a 7-0 lead.
Webb’s final opportunity fell short when the Lady Warriors left Bree Stovall stranded at first.
South Granville moved to 13-2 and claimed the Northern Carolina Conference title.
Webb finished with a 9-9 overall record.
Statistics — South Granville: Jordan Talley (2-for-4), Jenna Curry (3-for-3), Paige Strickland (1-for-4, 3 RBIs, 3B), Bailey Nelson (1-for-3, 2B), Renee Boone (2-for-4, RBI), Ally Goss (RBI), Savannah Thompson (1-for-3, RBI, HR) and Brooke Bowling (2-for-3, RBI). Webb: Bree Stovall (1-for-3) and Rachel Perez (1-for-2).
Bowling was the winning pitcher. She faced 26 batters and allowed two hits, one walk and struck out five Lady Warriors.
Shelby Talley took the loss for Webb. Talley worked against 22 batters and allowed eight hits, two walks and struck out one batter. Marissa Carroll came in and faced 12 batters. She allowed three hits and issued three walks.
Both teams have qualified for the NCHSAA 2A playoffs.