Patriots softball wins first round, falls in second round in State ...

After a long Virtual meeting with the Charlotte Virtual Softball Board of Governors and the South Charlotte Sports Report, it has been determined that all 21 teams will participate in the season ending tournament.  This will happen in two stages.  Seeds #9-21 will participate in a single elimination tournament starting Monday May 11.  Once these 13 teams are paired down to 2 teams, those 2 teams will transfer into a 10 team (including seeds #1-8) single elimination tournament starting Monday May 18 for the crown of Charlotte Virtual Softball Champion.  Cheer on your home team but be aware, this format gives each team the opportunity to make a Cinderella run to the championship.  Your dominance in the Virtual regular season can come to a halt just like that in a single elimination format.  May the Virtual Softball Gods (i.e. the computer simulator) be on your side.  The tournament brackets will be released on Friday May 8.

Play In Tournament

# 8 Charlotte Christian vs # 9 Providence Day

# 5 Ardrey Kell vs # 12 Cannon

#13 Weddington vs # 4 Mooresville

# 11 Cox Mill vs # 6 South Meck

# 7 Cuthbertson vs # 10 Catholic

Winner of # 8 and #9 will play #1 Indy

Winner of # 11 and # 6 will play # Providence

Winner of # 7 and # 10 will play # 2 Marvin Ridge

Remaining Seeds to be announced and will await two teams from above

Charlotte Virtual Softball Play In Tournament

Round #1

5/11 Games

#8 Providence Day  4

#9 Charlotte Christian  2

Jala Wright held Charlotte Christian scoreless over the final four innings to hold and defeat them 4-2 Monday.  Charlotte Christian got off to a strong start by scoring one in the second and one in the third on a homer by MC Eaton and an RBI double by Anna Barnett.  Mackenzie Prather also added two hits on the evening but it wasn’t enough.  Providence Day tied it up in the fourth when Katie Hollowell singled in two and took the lead when Amanda Cruz homered in the fifth.  That was all that Wright needed to hold on for the win.  Providence Day will travel to Independence on Wednesday.  

#5 Ardrey Kell  9

#12 Cannon  3

Ardrey Kell used a solid offensive attack and great pitching performance on Monday to get by Cannon.  Lexi Markle gave up three runs (only one earned) while striking out seven to take the win.  Markle also collected two hits and three RBI ‘s to go along with multiple hits by Grace McKee and Hannah Barker.  Cannon was led offensively by sisters Katie and Stephanie Grissom each collecting a single and a double while Gabby Holloway had three hits including a home run in the fourth.  The Knights proved to be too much and will travel to Mooresville on Wednesday. 

#4 Mooresville  11

#13 Weddington  9

Mooresville used some late inning heroics to stay alive and avoid the upset on Monday night.  Weddington came out of the gates strong by scoring three in the first and two in the second to take a 5-1 lead after two.  Jocelyn Garcia had a two RBI single in the first while Beka Davis had a triple and two RBI’s in the second.  Weddington scored three more in the fourth on a three run homer by Maddy Wasulko.  In the bottom of the fourth, Mooresville found their stride.  Down 8-1, Mooresville scored three on a bases loaded triple by Imara Harrell cutting the lead to 8-4.  In the bottom of the fifth, Mooresville added three more on back to back to back doubles by D’Nahjah Harrell, Olivia Marshall and Aubrey Tuell.  Holding on to an 8-7 lead, Weddington pushed one across in the sixth on a squeeze bunt by pinch hitter Lacie Rogers scoring Chloe Lazarraga.  Down by two in the bottom of the seventh, Mooresville loaded the bases and needed a two out hit to possibly tie the game.  Kali Morton said I’ll do that and then some.  Kali smacked the first pitch of the at bat over the left center fence for a walk-off grand slam propelling them to the next round.  Mooresville will host Ardrey Kell on Wednesday night.

5/12 Games

#11 Cox Mill  7

#6 South Meck  5

The upstart Cox Mill Chargers scored seven in the first and held on to beat South Meck on Tuesday.  The Chargers collected seven hits combined with two walks and an error to plate seven in the first highlighted by extra base hits by Grace Hamilton, Maddi Griffith and Olivia DeHasselle.  Morgan Nayle was on cruise control through three and then the Sabres bats came alive.  In the fourth, South Meck scored two on an Emily Hill homer and the Sabres scored another in the fifth on a two out single by Brenna Fashing.  South Meck added another run in the sixth on an RBI double by Macy Rapp.  In the bottom of the seventh, South Meck loaded the bases and scored on an infield single by Zoe Poore.  With two outs, Megan Rapp lined a ball to left that looked to clear the bases for the win, but Jordan Parking came out of nowhere with the diving catch to end the game.  Cox Mill moves on to face the Panthers of Providence on Thursday.  

#10 Charlotte Catholic  6

#7 Cuthbertson  5

Charlotte Catholic used a two run top of the seventh to defeat Cuthbertson Tuesday night in Union County.  It was a back and forth game all night long as Cuthbertson scored two in the second to take the lead on a two RBI double by Grace Stein.  Charlotte Catholic responded with a solo homer in the third by Tess Mulligan to cut the lead in half.  Catholic took the lead in the fourth with RBI singles by Cara Bowman and Bree Abreu.  With Charlotte Catholic up 3-2, Cuthbertson scored three in the bottom of the fifth with doubles by Emma Mooney and Allee Seering and a triple by Sidney Howell.  Charlotte Catholic scored one in the sixth on a squeeze by MC Devanney that set up the big move in the top of the seventh.  With two on and two outs, Eav Kelleher laced a double to right center scoring two to take the lead.  That is all that Rachel Vigre needed to shut down the Cavaliers in the bottom half.  Charlotte Catholic moves on to face Marvin Ridge on Thursday.

5/13 Games

#8 Providence Day  7

#1 Independence  5

Providence Day used the opening round Monday night to survive and advance and the momentum carried in to Wednesday evening where the Chargers upset the Independence Patriots.  Independence took an early two run lead in the first when Abriana Berry led off the game with a double and scored on a Maya Douglas single.  Douglas then scored on an RBI double by Mallory Shaver.  Independence added another run in the bottom of the second on a Averie DiBenedetto solo homer to go up 3-0.  Providence Day tied it up in the third with a two RBI double by Nadia Wheeler and an RBI double by Sydney Fields.  The Chargers took the lead for good in the fifth when Jala Wright tripled in two.  The teams traded runs in the sixth and seventh and the Chargers escaped with the win.  Providence Day advances to the semifinals of the Play In Bracket to face off against Ardrey Kell on Friday with the winner advancing to next week’s Championship bracket.

#5 Ardrey Kell  2

#4 Mooresville  1

Ardrey Kell used a shut down performance in the circle by Lexi Markle to get the Knights past Mooresville Wednesday.  The Knights needed every bit of it to because Kali Morton was equally dominate for Mooresville.  Both pitchers went the distance with Markle striking out seven and Morton striking out ten.  The difference was a defensive gem by AK third baseman Grace Kegley in the bottom of the seventh to end the game.  With runners at second and third and two outs, Mooresville’s Olivia Marshall smoked a line drive down the third base line.  Out of nowhere Kegley made a diving snag to end the game.  If that ball gets down fair, two runs score and Mooresville advances.  Instead, Ardrey Kell survives and will host Providence Day Friday.

5/14 Games

#11 Cox MIll  15

#3 Providence  4

Cox Mill stayed hot from its win on Tuesday night to advance to the semifinals of the Virtual Play In Bracket.  Cox Mill scored in each inning Thursday night led by Mary Brandle, Scottie Lister and Lexi Bost who all had multiple hits.  Jordan Parkin, Maddi Griffith and Cassidy Wall each had three RBI’s on the evening.  Madison Phillips did what she needed to do to get out of jams in the circle for Cox Mill.  Providence was led offensively by Kat Moody’s homer in the third and three RBI’s on the night while Emma Ficker and Macy Akia also added two hits each.  Cox Mill will play at Marvin Ridge on Friday with the chance to see if their Cinderella Slipper fits once again.  

#2 Marvin Ridge  8

#10 Charlotte Catholic  2

Marvin Ridge used a strong combined pitching performance from Riya Patel and Jayden DePollo to defeat Charlotte Catholic on Thursday.  Marvin Ridge scored two in the second and two in the third to take command of the game offensively.  In the second, Sophie Mead had a two RBI double while Camryn Pfister knocked in two in the third.  Marvin Ridge added three more in the fifth on a Madeline Walker RBI single and a two run homer by Ally Bigham.  Charlotte Catholic plated two in the sixth to cut into the lead with RBI singles by Madeline Cohn and MC Devanney.  Marvin Ridge added an insurance run In the bottom of the sixth to pull away.  Marvin Ridge will have a quick turn around and play tomorrow against Cox Mill with the chance to advance to the Championship bracket next week.  

Round #3

5/15 Games

#9  Providence Day  3

#5  Ardrey Kell  2

Providence Day used a late inning rally to upend Ardrey Kell Friday night and advance to next week’s Virtual Championship Bracket.  Ardrey Kell took an early lead in the second when Hanna Barker singled in Sam Mitchell.  Lexi Markle pitched well for the Knights only giving up three hits in the first five innings.  Ardrey Kell added a second run in the fourth when Grace Kegley walked and Abby Veith tripled her in.  After being shut down most of the game, Providence Day got on the board in the sixth with a Jala Wright solo homer.  On to the seventh down 2-1, Providence Day loaded the bases with two outs for Nadia Wheeler.  Wheeler delivered a bloop single over shortstop Sarah Smith’s outstretched glove to score Abby George and Grace Dillman.  Ardrey Kell got a runner on the bottom of the seventh, but was unable to score as Providence Day advances to next week’s bracket to continue the improbable run to the championship.  

#11 Cox Mill  4

#2 Marvin Ridge  2

The Cox Mill magic continued Friday night as they travelled to Union County and upset the Mavericks.  Another strong outing by Madison Phillips in the circle proved to be the difference.  Phillips held the potent Mavericks offense to five hits, striking out eight on the evening.  Ally Bigham and Abigail Pierotti each collected two hits on the evening for Marvin Ridge while Cam Pfister had both RBI’s.  Jayden DePollo pitched well for Marvin Ridge, but Cox Mill scratched and clawed all night.  Cox mill scored two in the fourth on a two RBI double by Cassidy Wall while they added two more in the sixth on doubles by Mary Brandle and Scottie Lister.  Cox Mill advances to next week’ bracket as the lowest seed remaining, but the hottest one out there as well.   

2020 Virtual Softball Championship Bracket

9 Providence Day at 8 Piedmont

8/9 Winner at 1 Central Cabarrus

5 Hough at 4 Myers Park

6 Porter Ridge at 3 Hickory Ridge

10 Cox Mill at 7 Parkwood

7/10 Winner at 2 Lake Norman

Round #1 Championship Bracket

6/2 Games

#8  Piedmont  5

#9  Providence Day  4

Providence Day’s magical run to a Championship came to a heart breaking end on Tuesday night.  Brianna Stead’s two out two run homer in the bottom of the seventh lifted Piedmont to the win.  But it might never had happened if the speedy Avery Bellai didn’t leg out an infield single one at bat before.  Bellai hit a slow roller to the left side.  When third baseman Nadia Wheeler got to the ball she made an incredible attempt to get Ballai at first to end the game.  The bang bang play was called safe by the field umpire which allowed Stead to come to the plate.  Providence Day ends its run but had a great Virtual Season.  Piedmont will advance to Wednesday’s Elite Eight game travelling to #1 seed Central Cabarrus.  

#7  Parkwood  7

#10  Cox Mill  4

Just like its play in partner Providence Day, the Virtual Softball Gods ran out of mojo for the Cox Mill team on Tuesday.  Parkwood just had too much Jenna Whelan and Taylor Breidt at the top of the lineup and Grace Crocker was good enough in the circle to preserve the win.  Whelan and Breidt each collected three hits and two RBI’s apiece while Crocker scattered six hits over the seven innings.  Cox Mill made a run in the fifth to cut the lead to 5-4, but Parkwood answered in the bottom half to pull away.  Madison Phillips collected three hits for Cox Mill.  Parkwood will move on to meet the #2 seed Lake Norman team on Thursday.   

Round #2 Championship Bracket

6/4 Games

#1  Central Cabarrus  8

#8  Piedmont  2

Central Cabarrus used stellar pitching and a solid offensive attack to advance to the semi-finals of the 2020 Virtual Softball Championship Bracket on Thursday.  The Vikings scored two in the second and three in the third and never looked back.  Elyssa Bost had an RBI double in the second while Aniyah Tate contributed a bases clearing triple in the third.  That was more than enough for Brantleigh Parrott in the circle.  Parrott scattered four hits over seven innings while striking out ten.  Shea Griffin and Brianna Stead accounted for the two RBI’s for Piedmont.

#4  Myers Park  9

#5  Hough  7

Myers Park used the old adage “the team with the last at bat is gonna win this game” on Thursday night to outlast Hough.  Both offenses were up to the task as run were a plenty.  Hough scored one in the first, one in the second and two in the third to hold a slight advantage heading to the fourth.  The Mustangs scored one in the second and on in the third.  Ann Micheal Hudson did the damage early for the Huskies scoring a run in the first and collecting two RBI’s in the third with a double.  Myers Park had RBI singles by Brylie Major and Ashley Syzmonski in the second and third respectively.  The Mustangs finally got a scoreless inning in the fourth and tied the game on a two RBI triple by Madi Lojko in the bottom half of the inning.  Myers Park took a 6-5 lead to the seventh when Austin Pearce gave the Huskies the lead with a two run homer.  But unfortunately for Hough, the Mustangs had the last at bat.  In the bottom of the seventh, Alina Atzor led off the inning with a walk and stole second.  She scored on a Lojko single to tie the game.  After a single by Whittney Barringer and a ground out by Evy Oxendine, freshman Amy Lautenschlager roped a ground rule double in the left center gap for the win.   

#3  Hickory Ridge  11

#6  Porter Ridge  5

Hickory Ridge used the long ball to defeat conference rival Porter Ridge on Thursday.  Four different Ragin Bulls went deep to power the offense in Cabarrus County.  Gracie Parker, Kylie LaRousa, Alycea Gilliam and Payton Lautz accounted for ten of the eleven runs scored by the long ball.  Porter Ridge did some damage of their own at the plate with Makayla Cuthbertson and Kenlynn Walker going deep for the Pirates.  Hailey Jernigan also added a triple.       

#2  Lake Norman  2

#7  Parkwood  1

Lake Norman took advantage of a great pitching performance by Linda Moore and a bang bang call in the bottom of the seventh that went their way to defeat Parkwood.  Moore scattered three hits over seven innings and striking out six.  Chloe Hardy did get to Moore in the fourth with a solo homer.  Lake Norman scored one in the fifth on an infield ground out by Carly Christopher.  Tied up in the bottom of the seventh, Kenzie Sawyer led off the inning with a single and was sacrificed over to second by Zoe Watson.  Moore grounded out to the right side moving Sawyer to third with two outs.  Samantha Ladowski then hit a chopper to the left side as the Parkwood third baseman fielded it and made a strong throw to first.  Ladowski was called safe by the virtual umpire and the run scored from third giving Lake Norman the win. 

Round #3 (Semi Finals) Championship Bracket

6/6 Games

#4  Myers Park  10

#1  Central Cabarrus  1

Central Cabarrus had the worst of luck on Saturday as starting pitcher and all everything pitcher Brantleigh Parrott was forced to leave the game after two batters due to a virtual injury.  The virtual trainers revealed later that it didn’t seem like a major issue moving forward but the Vikings were taking no chances as Parrott still has two years to contribute at Central Cabarrus before heading off to Lander.  The Mustangs took advantage of the pitching change and the bats were hot.  Aniya King, Whitney Formon and Claire Allison each collected multiple hits while Caroline Cox and Jaye Winborne each had three RBI’s.  Lady Luck will definitely return for the Vikings on the real field in 2020-21. 

#2  Lake Norman  8

#3  Hickory Ridge  5

Lake Norman was able to shut down the high powered offense of Hickory Ridge just enough to escape Saturday and advance to the first ever Virtual Softball Championships.  Amy Meister, Ashley Skipper and Hannah Rongo led Lake Norman offensively each collecting two hits while Samantha Ladowski added three RBI’s.  Linda Moore got out of numerous jams with great pitching and even better Lake Norman defense.  Hickory Ridge didn’t go quietly.  Jadyn Jonasse and Erin Murphy each had two hits and two RBI’s while Rachel Herzig collected an inside the park homer.

2020 Virtual Championship Game

6/8/2020

#4  Myers Park       0 0 0 1 0 0 0 – 1  9  1

#2 Lake Norman    0 0 0 1 2 0 x – 3  7  1

Missed opportunities will haunt Myers Park in the virtual off season as Lake Norman and Linda Moore got out of multiple jams on Monday night to hold on the win the 2020 Virtual Softball Championship.  The Mustangs and Wildcats were scoreless through three complete with the Mustangs leaving six runners on base.  Myers Park finally broke through in the fourth with a slap double down the left field line by Whitney Formon scoring pinch runner Caroline Darwin.  Lake Norman responded in the bottom half of the inning when Samantha Ladowski scored from first on a Ashley Skipper double.  After leaving two more runners on in the fifth, the Mustangs gave up to more in the bottom half.  A Linda Moore triple scored Katie Mitchell and Kenzie Sawyer to take the lead.  All the Mustangs could do in the sixth and seventh was strand two more base runners each inning while Moore and the Lake Norman defense stepped up to the challenge.  And just like that, the 2020 Virtual Softball Championship heads up I77 to Lake Norman High School and Coach Tommy Strahan.  Congratulations to the Wildcats and to all of the 21 teams that participated.  Hopefully 2020-21 will bring us some real on the field softball!!