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South Granville eases by South Columbus to advance

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CREEDMOOR — The South Granville softball team hosted South Columbus in the second round of the NCHSAA softball playoffs on May 9. The Lady Vikings came away with a 3-0 victory.

Carla Turbeville got the first hit of the game for South Columbus in the top of the second inning, but the Lady Vikings quickly ended the inning with a pop-up to Renee Boone and Brooke Bowling throwing two strikeouts. Turbeville was left standing at first.

South Granville looked poised to score in the second inning, but an alert play by the South Columbus second baseman, Libby Blosser, wiped the Lady Vikings off the bases and the game remained scoreless.

South Granville finally put a run on the board in the bottom of the fourth inning. Paige Strickland doubled to start the inning and scored on a sacrifice fly by Savannah Thompson. The Lady Vikings had a 1-0 lead going into the fifth inning.

The South Columbus bats were quiet again in the top of the fifth inning, but South Granville added two insurance runs in the bottom of the inning.

Grace Calus led off with a triple that hit the fence and bounced back to the outfielder, but they could not tag the speedy Calus sliding in at third.

Megan Ellis drove in Calus with a base hit. Ellis advanced on a wild pitch and scored on a sacrifice by Bowling. The Lady Vikings had a 3-0 lead with two innings remaining.

Bowling struck out the first two batters in the top of the sixth inning and got Peyton Duncan to fly out to the catcher, Thompson.

The Lady Vikings could not scratch in the bottom of the sixth inning, but South Columbus had one more opportunity to score.

Bowling was able to spin the ball well enough to record three straight pop-ups to the infield to seal the 3-0 win.

South Columbus finished the season with a 19-6 record and South Granville continued play in the NCHSAA playoffs with Whiteville up next.

Bowling was the winning pitcher. She faced 23 batters and struck out 11, while allowing just one hit.

Statistics Paige Strickland (1-for-3, 2B), Grace Calus (1-for-1, 3B), Megan Ellis (1-for-2, RBI), Ally Goss (1-for-3), Savannah Thompson (1-for-3, RBI) and Brooke Bowling (RBI).