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CREEDMOOR — Brooke Bowling’s no-hitter led the way for South Granville in its defeat of nemesis Whiteville 5-0 in the third round of the NCHSAA 2A softball playoffs May 14.
Bowling fanned six of the first nine batters she faced. She was able to get the other three batters to hit fly balls or easy groundouts.
South Granville broke the scoreless contest in the bottom of the third inning with Jenna Curry belting a solo home run for a 1-0 lead.
Jenna Bullard, Whiteville’s pitcher, missed on an inside pitch and hit Paige Strickland with the ball to send her to first. Savannah Thompson belted the ball over the left field fence for a two-run home run. The Lady Vikings had a 3-0 advantage at the end of the third inning.
South Granville added an insurance run in the bottom of the fourth inning with Jordan Talley scoring off of a double by Ally Goss.
Trailing 4-0, Whiteville had trouble finding any offense in the fifth inning. The frustration continued to build in the top of the sixth inning as Bowling continued to send Lady Wolfpack players back to the dugout shaking their head.
South Granville added to the lead in the bottom of the sixth inning with Strickland reaching base on a fielder’s choice. She scored on a RBI single by Thompson and the Lady Vikings had a 5-0 lead going into the seventh inning.
Bowling worked the outside corner of the plate to perfection and got the first two batters to hit to Curry at second, who was able to make the easy toss to Renee Boone at first outs.
The final Whiteville batter went down with ease and the Lady Vikings moved to the fourth round of the playoffs with the 5-0 win.
Bowling faced 23 batters, allowed no hits, no walks and struck out 10 Lady Wolfpack batters.
Statistics — Jordan Talley (1-for-3), Jenna Curry (2-for-4, RBI, HR), Paige Strickland (2-for-3, 2B), Renee Boone (2-for-2), Ally Goss (1-for-4, RBI) and Savannah Thompson (2-for-4, 3 RBIs, HR).