Clary no-hits Franklinton in five-inning win

May. 04, 2013 @ 09:38 PM

Kassie Clary and Warren County made short work of Franklinton Friday in the Eagles’ 11-0, five-inning win.

Clary, a junior, didn’t allow a hit and struck out seven Red Ram batters.

“She pitched pretty good, pitched a good game,” said Warren County coach Hurley Moss. “Getting ready to go into the playoffs, so we need her to be pitching better.”

The Eagles wrapped up Northern Carolina Conference play with a 5-9 record, good enough for fifth in the league and a bid to the 2-A state playoffs.

“Overall they exceeded my expectations,” said Moss.

Warren County’s Mikayla Hargrove, Shelby Branch and Kiana Alston each had hits in Friday’s six-run first inning.

The Eagles added three in the third and two more in the fourth.

Branch finished 3-for-3 with a triple and a double and Kiana Alston was 2-for-3 with two doubles. Courtney Macklin and Brooke Sikes also had hits for Warren County.

Sikes, the catcher, played her final game in Warrenton. The St. Andrews University recruit was honored for Senior Night along with classmates Macklin, Hargrove, Branch, and Kiara Alston, a Northern Vance transfer.

“That group, I’m going to really miss them,” said Moss. “They’ve been together for a long time. I coached them in rec with the exception of Kiara. They’ve been a big part of this team this year.”

North Johnston won the conference. Moss said the Panthers were easily the class of the league.

The state playoffs are slated to begin next Friday.

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