The South Granville Vikings softball team won in dramatic fashion Tuesday night to advance in the N.C. High School Athletic Association 2A playoffs.
The two-time defending state champion Vikings defeated the visiting South Columbus Stallions in the third round, 5-4. After Jordan Talley led off the bottom of the seventh inning with a one-out single, she advanced to second on a pass ball. And with two outs, Ally Goss hit a bloop single to center field, scoring Talley and kept alive a shot at a three-peat.
“You’ve still got a chance as long as you have outs and strikes (left). And we used every single one of them tonight for the win,” said Vikings coach Walter Day.
The top seed in the East region, the Vikings (23-0) got off to a quick start. Emma Jones and Goss started the game with a single and double, respectively, before Megan White hit a three-run home run over the left field wall for a quick 3-0 lead.
Anna Suggs would settle down for the Stallions (16-7). Suggs allowed just one base runner (a walk) between the second and fifth innings, which allowed South Columbus to eventually cut their deficit to one in the fourth inning.
Callie Sumner had a leadoff single followed by a Carson Powell walk. After Barker got Hailey Sarvis to fly out to center, Alexis Chestnutt plated two with a double.
The Vikings responded with three straight singles in the bottom of the sixth and take a 4-2 lead heading into the final inning. Taylor Turbeville connected on a home run to deep center field to tie the game before South Granville came back with a run of their own in the bottom half inning.
“The more you see a pitcher, the better you start hitting,” said Day. “Most teams don’t hit well until the late innings because they’ve seen everything (a pitcher) has. We survived off of timely hits.”