March 27 Charlotte Virtual Softball Game Reports
Marvin Ridge 10
Coming off an emotional road win last night at Independence, the Marvin Ridge bats stayed hot in route to a 10-6 home win versus a very strong Mooresville team. Riya Patel started in the circle for the Mavericks scattering seven hits and five runs over five innings while Cam Pfister closed the door in the sixth and seventh giving up one run. Katriel Williams and Mauri Murray led the Mavericks with three hits each while Darcy McGhee added a pinch hit single. The Blue Devils were led offensively by Senior Olivia Marshall’s three hits (single, double and triple) as well as Imara Harrell and twin sister Dnahjah Harrell’s two hits each. Marvin Ridge never trailed in the contest. Marvin Ridge improved to 4-1 (2-0 virtual) while this was Mooresville’s first defeat of the season falling to 3-1 (0-1 virtual)
Central Cabarrus 5
Cannon was on the road for back to back nights and the road warriors put up a valiant fight against one of the better local team in the Charlotte Virtual Softball League but came up a little short in the one run loss. Gabby Holloway of Cannon wasn’t quite as sharp as last night but was still good enough to hold the Vikings in check most of the night. With the game tied at three in the sixth inning, Central Cabarrus was able to plate two runs when Aniyah Tate led off the inning with a double and Brantleigh Parrott swapped places hitting a double of her own. Later in the inning, Parrott scored on an infield ground out by Kasey Lee. That insurance run proved vital as the Cougars of Cannon loaded the bases with no outs in the top of the seventh thanks to hits by Jessie Dickerson and Chloe Winchester as well as a walk to Lauren Skolaris, but Parrott was able to wiggle out of the inning only allowing one runner to score and pick up the Vikings first virtual victory of the season. Cannon dropped to 3-2 (0-2 virtual) while Central Cabarrus improved to 6-0 (1-0 virtual).
An early season virtual string of bad luck hit the Patriots even before hitting the field in Cornelius Thursday night. An virtual overturned Charmin Toilet Paper truck on 77 North had the Lady Patriots sitting in traffic for over 2 ½ hours as all lanes were blocked. Once they were able to finally make it to the playing field, they quickly warmed up and “Play Ball”. The emotional ending last night coupled with the insane traffic jam definitely had an affect on the Patriots. Hough scored in each of the first four innings to take a 5-0 lead and never looked back. Lead off batter Ann Michael Hudson and Senior Austin Pearce did most of the damage early. Ann Michael singled in her first three at bats while Pearce doubled in her first two. Paige Steger and Lacey White took over late in the game to propel the Huskies to four more runs late. Mathea Brodland held the Patriots in check until the sixth when Mallory Shaver and Averie DiBenedetto both hit solo homers. The Patriots fell to 2-4-1 (0-2 virtual) while Hough improved to 5-1 (1-0 virtual).
South Meck 10
Cox Mill 6
South Meck playing for the second time in less than 24 hours stayed hot at the plate and took down Concord’s Cox Mill in their first virtual game. Brenna Fashing started the game for the Sabres and gave up four runs in two plus innings. Jordan Parking, Grace Hamilton and Maddie Griffith collected hits in their first two at bats while Mary Brandle collected two RBI’s. The Sabres also had success early scoring two in the first and two in the second. Fashing and Carlee McWilliam had RBI’s for the Sabres during that stretch. South Meck broke it open in the fourth when Meade Schultz and Katherine Gibbs both doubled home runs. In the fifth, Emily Hill homered to straight away center to put the game out of reach. Taylor Barlow ended up getting the win in relief while Madison Phillips took the loss for the Chargers. Scottie Lister and Lexi Bost ended the game with two hits each for Cox Mill. South Meck improved to 5-1-1 (2-0 virtual) and the Charger fell to 3-5 (0-1 virtual).
Lake Norman 3
The Cuthbertson softball team had the same traffic problems on 77 North as the Independence team but luckily for them, they were able to head over to a team parent’s lake house and take two pontoon boats up close to Lake Norman High. It was great virtual team bonding time together and really showed on the field. Cuthbertson jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second on the strength of singles by Katie Gallagher and Emma Mooney only to be driven in on a stand up double by Sidney Howell. Katie Gallagher was masterful in the circle through five innings. Finally in the bottom of the sixth, Lake Norman made their move. Back to back to back doubles by Carley Christopher, Katie Mitchell and Amy Meister followed by a run scoring single by Sammy Ladowski put the Knights up 3-2. This looked to be enough for Linda Moore of Lake Norman but back to back errors in the top of the seventh allowed two runs to cross the plate for the Cavaliers as they held on in the bottom half to take the 4-3 upset win over the favored Knights. Cuthbertson moved to 4-2 (1-0 virtual) and it was Lake Norman’s first loss on the year making them 3-1 (0-1 virtual).