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Lady Cats win wild one

Stephanie King

Round three of the state 2A softball tournament kicked off on Tuesday as they Eastern Randolph Lady Wildcats hosted the Washington Pam Pack. The Lady Cats went through Currituck County and Edenton Holmes to make it to the third round of the play.

Eastern Randolph forced the Pam Pack to leave two runners stranded in the top of the first to keep the score tied at 0-0. The Lady Cats put two runs on the board in the bottom of the inning as Aniyah King and Haley Kearns crossed home plate. King was the first on base after being hit by a pitch, followed by a single from Kearns that turned into a double. Lindsay Castlebury brought King in for the score with a single. Kaylee carter had her hit caught for out number one. Tori Maness singled to score Kearns. The Pam Pack forced back to back outs to end the inning. ER led 2-0 after one inning.

Washington was forced to go three up, three down in the top of the second as ER’s Carter struck out back to back batters. The Wildcats put two runners on base in the bottom of the inning, but both runners were left stranded as the Pam Pack forced back to back outs to end the inning. Washington found themselves back in the game in the top of the third as they scored two runs with two outs on the board. ER would not let them take the lead as Brooklyn Rush made the throw to first for the final out of the inning. ER would go three up, three down in the bottom of the inning as this one was now tied at 2 all.

The Pam Pack put back to back runners on base in the top of the fourth, but three straight outs from the Wildcats ended the inning. Eastern Randolph left their only base runner stranded in the bottom of the inning. In the top of the fifth, Washington loaded the bases with two outs, but all three runners were left stranded. The Wildcats loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the inning and three runners across the plate. Kearns was the first two score on a hit from Maness. Maness was out at first for out two with two runners still on base. A double from Shyanne Gay brought in Kayla Long and Kelsey Craven for the final two runs on the inning. After five innings, the Wildcats led 5-2.

A couple of overthrown balls in the top of the sixth allowed the Pam Pack to score three runs and tie this game one again. With one out on the board, Washington scored their first two runs of the inning. The next batter scored the third run of the inning before the Wildcats forced back to back outs. Nicole Cox was the only Wildcat to reach base in the bottom of the sixth and she was left stranded. After six complete, this one was tied at 5 all.

Eastern Randolph came together in the seventh to force the Pam Pack into a three up, three down inning. In the bottom of the seventh, the Wildcats put two runners on base quickly. Castlebury drew a walk followed by a double from Carter. As Maness was at the plate, a pitch got away from the Pam Pack catcher which allowed Craven (Castlebury’s substitute) to steal home and steal the win for the Lady Cats. Eastern Randolph got the win 6-5 and will advance to the fourth round of the state playoffs where they will face the Jordan-Matthews Jets.

Kaylee Carter earned the pitching win after pitching all seven innings and striking out five batters. Kearns finished 2-for4 at the plate with two runs scored, while Castlebury finished 2-for-3 with one RBI. The Wildcats will travel to Jordan-Matthews on Friday at 7PM to take on the Jets in the fourth round.

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