Whiteville too much for Granville Central in 1-A softball quarters
Whiteville withstood Granville Central’s last stand in the bottom of the seventh inning and won 3-1 on the road in the state 1-A softball quarterfinals.
Wolfpack relief pitcher Malerie Leviner ended the game when she struck out Granville Central reserve Dajana Gauble-Ogle with two runners on base.
Gauble-Ogle was filling in for Kaitlyn Hardiman, who left the game with a mild concussion that she sustained after hitting the fence while chasing down a ball, Granville Central coach Stephanie Cash said.
“They had one heck of a season. They have nothing to be ashamed of,” Cash said. “At this high school, this is the first team sport that’s ever made it to the fourth round, so they made history and they had a heck of a season.”
The Wolfpack really belted the Panthers in the first inning when Whiteville’s Sage McLelland crushed a two-run base-clearer over the center-field fence.
“Usually, the pitch I like is low and inside, and that’s where it was at,” McLelland said. “So I just took advantage of it and sent it out”
Whiteville got another run in the second inning.
Granville Central pitcher Taylor Bailey didn’t give up another run after that.
The problem for the Panthers was their inability to generate any runs of their own.
Whiteville pitcher Lauren Worley gave up three hits through six innings, and Wolfpack center-fielder Sayeh Campbell was a real range rover, covering a lot of ground.
In the bottom of the second, Campbell and left-fielder Lorna Jackson both went after a fly ball from Granville Central’s Taylor Freeman. Jackson and Campbell collided and collapsed, but Campbell raised her glove to reveal an ice-cream cone catch that sent Freeman to the dugout.
“Their outfield was just really good,” Cash said.
Granville Central rallied in the seventh inning, finally getting on the scoreboard when Megan Taylor drove in Taylor Lickliter on a fielder’s choice.
But the Panther’s ultimately were not able to overcome that first-inning bomb by McLelland.
“It’s kind of what got our offense going,” Whiteville coach Olivia Scott said. “It put runs on the board at the very beginning of the game. I wish we could have done it for the rest of the game.”
“That hit set the tone,” Cash said.
Whiteville 3, Granville Central 1
Whiteville 210 000 0 — 3 8 3
Granville Central 000 000 1 — 1 5 2
BATTERIES —Whiteville, Lauren Worley (W), Malerie Leviner (7th) and Lauren Edwards. Granville Central, Taylor Bailey (L) and Taylor Freeman.
LEADING HITTERS — Whiteville, Laura Thompson 3-4 (3B), Sage McLelland 1-4 (HR, RBI). Granville Central, Megan Taylor 0-4 (RBI), Logan Taylor 2-3 (2B), Taylor Lickliter 2-3, Danielle Schmid 1-3 (2B).
Records — Whiteville 23-6. Granville Central 20-4.