Defending state 2A girls’ softball champion Monroe Parkwood continues to roll along in the 3A ranks.
Parkwood beat back another challenge Friday, squeaking past Southern Carolina 3A challenger Unionville Piedmont 2-1.
The victory lifted Parkwood to 11-0 in the conference and 14-0 overall. Piedmont fell to 6-3 in the Southern Carolina, and the Panthers are 9-4 overall.
Caroline Ruth pitched a three-hitter, striking out nine for the victory. Peytenn Yetter drove in two runs for the victors. Piedmont pitcher Gracie Rape had a strong outing, allowing only five hits.
Friday’s top performers
Ally Clapp (Clover): Clapp, a sophomore, drove in three runs with two hits as Clover scored a 12-3 S.C. Region 4 5A victory over Rock Hill.
Gabby Holloway (Concord Cannon School): Holloway had a superb day on the mound and at the plate. She tossed a no-hitter, and she smacked a single and two doubles in her team’s 15-0 victory over Charlotte Latin.
Lauren Murillo (Olympic): Murillo, a senior, smacked a single and two home runs, driving in seven runs in her team’s 25-1 victory over West Mecklenburg. Murillo also scored four times.
Paige Ransom (Richmond Senior): Ransom, a freshman, singled, doubled and homered in the Raiders’ 13-6 victory at Lumberton. She drove in four runs.
Carolina Ruth (Monroe Parkwood): The Parkwood pitching ace was strong in her team’s 2-1 victory over Unionville Piedmont. She fired a three-hitter, and she collected two of her team’s five hits.
Katie Stahl (Fort Mill Nation Ford): Stahl had six hits, scored six runs, and drove in six runs in her team’s 9-4, 19-1 S.C. Region 4 5A doubleheader sweep of Rock Hill Northwestern.
Sydney Yoder (Ardrey Kell): Yoder, a junior, doubled and slammed two home runs in the Knights’ 11-7 victory over South Mecklenburg. She knocked in five runs.
Friday’s other results
Hough 14, Hopewell 1
SO MECK 7 4A
Ardrey Kell 11, South Mecklenburg 7: The Knights scored five times in the bottom of the fourth and took advantage of six South Mecklenburg errors.
Olympic 25, West Mecklenburg 1: Junior Ashley Markeri slammed two triples and a home run, scored three runs, and drove in three. Aisha Weixlmann went 3-for 3, with three runs and three RBI. That was in addition to Lauren Murillo’s seven-RBI performance (see “Friday’s top performers”).
Butler 4, Myers Park 2: The visiting Bulldogs improved to 8-2 in the conference and are two games behind Indian Trail Porter Ridge.
Harrisburg Hickory Ridge 17, Rocky River 0: Hickory Ridge scored 11 second-inning runs and coasted. Ally Todaro hit a two-run homer, and Payton Lautz and Jenna Cirino each had three hits.
Indian Trail Porter Ridge 3, Independence 1: The Pirates ran their conference record to 10-0, but they had a battle. Porter Ridge broke a 1-1 tie with two runs in the top of the sixth.
Concord Cannon School 15, Charlotte Latin 0: Gabby Holloway’s pitching and hitting (see “Friday’s top performers) led the Lions. Gabby Polsky went 3-for-3, as Cannon School totaled 15 hits.
Alexander Central 12, West Caldwell 0: Gracie Rhoney went 2-for-3 with three RBI, and Ashley Seagle drove in three runs for the Wildcats. Chelsey Millsaps threw a four-hitter.
South Caldwell 7, Boone Watauga 5: The visiting Pioneers led 5-3 entering the bottom of the seventh. Jenna Pittman slammed a three-run double for South Caldwell, and Ciara Hanson and Jasmine Hall each had two hits.
BIG SOUTH 3A
Boiling Springs Crest 23, Gastonia Ashbrook 0
Cramerton Stuart Cramer 4, Lawndale Burns 3 (8 innings): The Storm tied it in the bottom of the seventh and won an inning later. Leadoff hitter Carley Womack smacked a single and double.
Kings Mountain 14, Gastonia Huss 4
North Gaston 17, Gastonia Forestview 2: North Gaston scored 11 times in the top of the third inning and totaled 17 hits. Grace Simmons had two of those hits and drove in four runs, and Savanna Baldwin had three hits and three RBI.
NORTH PIEDMONT 3A
China Grove Jesse Carson 7, North Iredell 2: Jesse Carson scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth to blow it open. Kaitlyn Honeycutt (double, home run, five RBI) and Rylie Stewart (two hits, two runs, two RBI) led the way.
West Rowan 3, East Rowan 2: The Falcons improved to 5-1 in the conference. Caroline Houpe had two RBI for East Rowan.
SOUTH PIEDMONT 3A
Central Cabarrus 15, Kannapolis A.L. Brown 0: Central Cabarrus scored 14 times in the third inning. Summer Buchanan went 3-for-3, scoring three times and driving in three runs. Maranda Benton added two hits and three RBI.
Concord Cox Mill 12, Concord 2: The Chargers improved to 5-1 in the conference.
SOUTHERN CAROLINA 3A
Charlotte Catholic 2, Indian Trail Sun Valley 1: The Cougars Sammy Reele singled and tripled and drove in a run. She also reached twice on walks. Winning pitcher Maddy Hanson struck out 11. Losing pitcher Maureen Camacho tossed a five-hitter.
Marvin Ridge 3, Weddington 0: Junior Gabby Baylog tossed a three-hitter, striking out 12. Jessica Davis doubled and drove in two runs.
CENTRAL CAROLINA 2A
South Rowan 5, West Davidson 3: South Rowan scored twice in the top of the seventh for the victory. Brooke Lowery slammed a single, double and triple, and she drove in three runs.
Winston-Salem Oak Grove 13, Salisbury 1: Alayjah Dumas drove in Salisbury’s only run.
Lenoir Hibriten 13, Claremont Bunker Hill 11: Maleah Prestwood smacked two singles and a home run, driving in five runs for the Panthers. Bunker Hill led 11-5 entering the final inning, but Hibriten exploded for eight runs.
Newton Fred T. Foard 12, Morganton Patton 4: The visiting Tigers improved to 9-0 in the conference (14-1 overall).
ROCKY RIVER 2A
Anson County 19, Monroe Central Academy 1:
West Stanly 16, East Montgomery 0: The Colts improved to 6-0 in the conference (15-1 overall).
SOUTH FORK 2A
Catawba Bandys 15, Lincolnton 5: MacKenzie Deal singled and homered, driving in two runs, and Shi Pope had three hits for the victors.
Maiden 9, Lake Norman Charter 0: Freshman Morgan Boheimer fired a three-hitter. She is 10-1 on the season, with a 1.07 ERA.
North Lincoln 2, East Lincoln 0: McKayla Watts fired a four-hitter, as North Lincoln improved to 9-1 in the conference. Losing pitcher Emily Stolzenbach allowed only three hits.
West Lincoln 4, Newton-Conover 2: The host Red Devils led 1-0 after four innings, but West Lincoln rallied with two runs in the fifth and two more in the seventh. Mackenzie Johnson had two hits and scored twice for Newton-Conover.
East Rutherford 3, Forest City Chase 1
R-S Central 3, Belmont South Point 0: The conference-leading Hilltoppers improved to 10-1.
PAC 7 1A
Monroe Union Academy 11, Bradford Prep 2
SOUTH PIEDMONT 1A
Bessemer City 2, Mooresboro Thomas Jefferson Academy 0
Gastonia Highland Tech 17, Gastonia Piedmont Charter 7: Highland Tech scored seven times in the bottom of the first, taking a 7-4 lead, and the Rams scored in every inning. Madison Ledford and Maddie Smith each had two hits for Piedmont Charter.
YADKIN VALLEY 1A
Asheboro Uwharrie Charter 5, West Montgomery 0
Misenheimer Gray Stone Day 19, North Rowan 0: Gray Stone Day scored seven times in the top of the first.
North Moore 12, North Stanly 2
Gaston Christian 11, Indian Trail Metrolina Christian 7: Mia Helms went 3-for-4, scored three runs, and drove in two for Gaston Christian. The outcome left the teams tied at 2-1 in conference play.
Mountain Island Charter 7, Mooresville Carolina International 0
S.C. REGION 4 5A
Clover 12, Rock Hill 3: Dakota Peters, Marissa Myers and Tiffany Domingue each had two hits for the Eagles.
Fort Mill Nation Ford 9, Rock Hill Northwestern 4 (Game 1): Katie Stahl and Sabrina Johnson each had three hits for the Falcons.
Fort Mill Nation Ford 19, Rock Hill Northwestern 1 (Game 2): Madison Arnold went 4-for-4, driving in four runs, for the Falcons.
S.C. REGION 3 4A
York 6, Rock Hill South Pointe 3: York scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth to pull ahead. Carlee Shannon singled and doubled, and she drove in two runs.
Charlotte Christian 11, North Raleigh Christian 1: The Knights scored seven times in the bottom of the fourth, and they held North Raleigh Christian to four hits.
Lake Norman 13, Waxhaw Cuthbertson 3: Lake Norman improved to 12-3.
Richmond Senior 13, Lumberton 6: Bri Baysek, Greyson Way and Paige Ransom homered in the Raiders’ Sandhill 4A victory.
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