Two teams still have a chance to win the South Piedmont Conference softball regular season crown .
Both Jay M. Robinson and Mount Pleasant hope to go into the postseason as the league's top squad.
"We would really like to see a banner on that fence," said Robinson softball coach Jim Allen.
Mount Pleasant (12-5, 10-1), No. 8 in the state, is Robinson's biggest obstacle in achieving an SPC title. The Tigers' senior class has won every conference title in their time at Mount Pleasant. But Robinson (14-3, 9-2) handed Mount Pleasant its first conference loss of the year last week and still has a chance to get a share of the title.
"This is the time where everyone has a chance to make things happen," said Allen. "I think this team has a great chance to make a lot of noise in the postseason. We hope to start this week."
The Tigers have endured a brutal run through the top teams in the SPC in the last weeks, but Mount Pleasant has control of its destiny. Despite moving to 3A , Mount Pleasant has remained among the best in the SPC.
The Tigers have a shutdown pitcher in Taylor Carpenter, who has limited even the most potent of offenses to next to nothing offensively. Senior Jocelyn Parnell and company can do as much damage at the plate.
As long as Mount Pleasant keeps winning this week, they will retain the SPC title. But, if they slip up at all, their season finale at Northwest Cabarrus could be very meaningful.
Jay M. Robinson
While Robinson hopes to have a shot at a SPC title, this week will be an emotional time for the Bulldogs.
Seniors Camry Wagner and Katie Zavodny will play their final regular season home game Friday night in what they hope will be a meaningful win.
Robinson will need to keep its high-powered offense in full gear with six players hitting over .350 - Ashley Burke (.380), Megan Crowe (.350), Dallas King (.400), Hayley Lewis (.400) Wagner (.395) and Zavodny (.350).
If the offense gets off to a fast start, the Bulldogs have been extremely hard to beat with King (13-3) boasting a 1.80 earned-run average this season. The Bulldogs also have the SPC tournament and the 3A state playoffs to look forward to and should have a good opportunity to make plenty of noise in both events.