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Softball: South Granville dropped for second straight loss

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HENDERSON The South Granville softball team was tagged with a second loss in as many days April 11.

The Vance County Lady Vipers, powered by a walk-off home run, defeated the Lady Vikings 7-6.

The last time South Granville lost back-to-back games was in the state tournament in June 2017.

Vance County staggered South Granville early by tallying four runs by the end of the third inning, but South Granville rallied in the top of the fifth inning to take a 5-4 lead.

Grace Calus singled to give the Lady Vikings a much-needed baserunner. Jenna Curry then singled with two outs to start the rally and score Calus. Jordan Talley bunted her way on and moved Curry into scoring position. Paige Strickland singled to drive in Curry to trim the Vance County lead and move Talley around.

Ally Goss drove in two runs when the Vipers’ center fielder mishandled the ball. The Lady Vikings picked up one more run when Savannah Thompson smacked a double to drive in Goss.

The Lady Vipers picked up two more runs and regained the lead in the sixth inning.

Trailing 6-5 with two outs, South Granville’s Thompson stepped up to the plane. She then drilled a clutch home run to tie the contest at 6-all.

But the Lady Vikings would answer with a home run with their own, and this one was the game-winner. Malia Simmons, a sophomore, delivered the walk-off bomb to end the game.

South Granville dropped from first place in the conference to third place with the loss to Vance County.

The Lady Vikings dropped to 8-2 overall with the defeat and stand at 7-2 in the conference. Bunn leads the conference with a 9-2 record.

Brooke Bowling was the starting pitcher for the Lady Vikings. She faced 27 batters and struck out four Lady Vipers. Bowling gave way to Megan Ellis in the circle. Ellis faced five batters and struck out one Vance County batter.

Statistics — Jordan Talley (1-for-4), Jenna Curry (2-for-3, RBI), Paige Strickland (1-for-4, RBI), Bailey Nelson (1-for-4), Grace Calus (1-for-3), Ally Goss (2-for-3, 2 RBI) and Savannah Thompson (2-for4, 2 RBI, 2B, HR).