Babe Ruth 16-and-under all-stars get win
The 16-and-under softball all-stars were the first Henderson/Vance team to get in the win column in the Babe Ruth Eastern N.C. State Tournament in Washington following Wednesday’s 11-7 win over Nash Central.
The 16-and-under team still has a pool play game to make up after Tuesday night’s matchup with Currituck was rained out. That game will be made up at noon Thursday.
Coach Mike Norwood was confident a win over Currituck would send his team through to the bracket round, which is scheduled to follow the makeup games Thursday.
Three teams in each age group’s division advance to the double-elimination bracket portion of the tournament.
Henderson/Vance’s 12-and-under and 8-and-under teams were each eliminated Wednesday. Both squads have now completed pool play.
The 14-and-under Henderson/Vance team lost 17-1 to Washington Wednesday before a 15-0 loss to Pamlico, dropping their record to 0-3.
Norwood’s 16-and-under squad used a nine-run third inning to put Nash Central in a hole Wednesday afternoon.
“We needed them all too,” said Norwood.
Norwood said his team came out motivated after falling by a run to Cashie Tuesday night on a close play at home.
Kelly Norwood pitched a complete game Wednesday, striking out six.
Breanna Sikes, Kiana Alston and Katie McAllister each registered two hits and Heather Satterwhite, Andrea Taylor and Alexis Person each added one hit.
The Henderson/Vance 12-and-unders were shut out in each of their first three pool play contests after Wednesday’s 12-0 loss to Laurinburg. Henderson/Vance fell 8-1 to Winter Park Wednesday night.
“They’re good teams, but no better than our girls,” said Henderson/Vance head coach Jeff Harris. “It hasn’t been any extremely fast pitching. We’re just not turning the bat on it.”
Jeff Strickland’s 8-and-under Henderson/Vance all-stars were led at the plate by Jasmine Richardson, Jessica Strickland, Morgan Strickland, and Bailey Daeke.
The team fell to Camden 5-4 Wednesday before a 10-0 loss to Wayne County.
“They were tough,” Strickland said of the other teams in the division. “We were really just hitting the ball right to them and they were getting breaks, hitting between our girls.”