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Parkwood wins NCHSAA 2A state softball championship

Parkwood High’s softball team won the NCHSAA state championship Saturday
Parkwood High’s softball team won the NCHSAA state championship Saturday

Parkwood High is a N.C. softball state champion and the Rebels stopped an unbeaten two-time defending state champion to do it.

After losing Game One of its best-of-3 N.C. 2A championship series with South Granville 3-0 Friday night, Parkwood handed South Granville back-to-back losses Saturday, winning Game two 3-2 and taking Game Three 7-2 at UNC-Greensboro.

South Granville (27-2) hadn’t lost a game this season and reached the state finals for the third straight year with four freshman starting.

Parkwood (27-3) led 1-0 in the top half of the first, scoring on an error at first base. South Granville (27-2) evened it in the bottom half as Emma Jones scored on a wild pitch after reaching third on an error in left field.

Parkwood broke the game open in a wild fifth inning.

South Granville had three errors – two on one play, to put two Parkwood runners on. A bunt single loaded the bases, and then -- with two outs -- South Granville surrendered a bases-loaded hit-by-pitch, a bases-loaded walk and a three-run double.

For the game, Mary Piere Barnes and Caroline Ruth had two hits each. Ruth got the win as a pitcher.

Baylee Morton, a senior catcher signed to Appalachian State, was championship game MVP. She had two doubles in Saturday’s games, one of which that cleared the bases.

Reporter J. Mike Blake of the Raleigh News & Observer contributed

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