Eagles lock up No. 2 slot
Wed. May 02, 2012 at 11:09 p.m. | By Mike Duprez
East Davidson’s Haley Ray pitches against West Davidson in the semifinals of the Central Carolina Conference softball tournament. (Photo by Mike Duprez/The Dispatch)
East Davidson came out swinging Wednesday afternoon, which is just what first-year coach Amanda Beck wanted to see.
Natalie Naturile and Andrea Grant each went 3-for-4 with two RBIs to pace an 11-hit attack as the second-seeded Golden Eagles pounded third-seeded West Davidson 11-1 in six innings in the semifinals of the Central Carolina Conference softball tournament on Wednesday at Central Davidson.
The Eagles (11-10) clinched the CCC’s No. 2 seed in the 2-A state playoffs with the win and advanced to the tournament championship game to be held at 7 p.m. Friday against host Central Davidson.
Haley Ray scattered six hits while striking out five and walking none.
“We’re definitely coming around at the right time now,” said Beck, who was a standout pitcher for East during her prep playing days. “We’ve been hitting the ball real well the past few weeks. I hope we can continue that. The girls are playing with a lot of confidence right now. We’re taking it one game at a time and we’ll see what happens.”
Morgan Gallimore was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and Alyssa Harvell was 2-for-4.
West fell to 8-11-1 and will be on the road in the first round of the playoffs on May 11.
Add in eight errors by the Green Dragons and it was an easy contest for East.
The Eagles took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second when Harvell singled with one out, stole second and scored on an error. West unraveled defensively in the third with four errors and the Eagles added in three hits to produce three runs.
Nicole Michael singled in West’s lone run in the top of the fourth. The Dragons had the bases loaded with one out but Ray struck out the next two batters to end the inning.
Grant doubled in a run in the bottom of the fourth and Gallimore followed with a run-scoring single, extending East’s lead to 6-1.
Naturile’s third double of the game pushed across two runs in East’s four-run fifth. Grant and Gallimore followed with RBI singles.
Summer Pope’s sacrifice fly in the bottom of the sixth triggered the 10-run mercy rule.
Mike Duprez can be reached at 249-3981, ext. 218 or firstname.lastname@example.org.