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Success varies early for softball teams

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By Bob Sutton

Special to The Alamance News

Here’s a look at some highlights involving area teams in spring sports across the past week.

Many of Wednesday’s competitions were postponed because of weather concerns.

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Softball
Southeast Alamance’s softball team won the school’s first game in the sport, defeating visiting Northwood 10-5 in Monday’s non-league outing.

Tatum Shelton pitched a complete game with eight strikeouts for coach Tiffany Helton’s team. Amarie Contreras and Carlie Austin both scored two runs, joining teammates Anna Thomas, Ava Wheeley, and Shelton with two hits apiece.

The Stallions lost 4-3 at North Moore in Tuesday’s Mid-Carolina Conference game.

• Western Alamance lost its opener 6-0 at Eastern Guilford last week. The Warriors reached the Class 3-A state championship series last spring.

Western coach Scott Bell said five freshmen were in the starting lineup for this year’s opener. The Warriors got revenge Monday on Eastern Guilford by winning 7-5 at home in another non-league game.

Western overcame a 5-0 deficit. Ryan Justice and Lela Kate Baker both had three hits, and Kara Alday drove in two runs.

• Eastern Alamance has played a variety of opponents, defeating West Johnston 6-0 and Asheville Reynolds 16-6 and falling to South Caldwell by 12-1 and to Fuquay-Varina by 7-6.
Delani Straughan tossed a no-hitter with 10 strikeouts and five walks in the season’s first game.

The Eagles play Friday night vs. visiting Southeast Alamance in their only clash with an in-county opponent among the first nine games on the schedule.

• Southern Alamance’s season began with Tuesday’s 8-1 home victory against South Granville, boosted by a seven-run first inning. Abagail Holt scored two runs. Rylee Humble pitched a complete game with five strikeouts.

 

Baseball
A matchup of 2023 state champions resulted in Uwharrie Charter Academy’s 2-1 home victory against The Burlington School on Tuesday night at Asheboro. The Eagles scored once in each of the final two innings.

TBS, which didn’t record a hit, is the reigning Class 2-A champion in the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association. UCA won last year’s Class 1-A title in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association.

The teams were supposed to meet last Friday at Burlington’s Davidson Park, but the game was rained out.

TBS began the season last week by winning 15-3 at Caldwell Academy and falling 5-2 at Wake County Home School. Against Caldwell Academy, Cooper Kelly and Gib Wirt both scored four runs, while Kelly and Kaden Parker drove in three runs each. Davis Phillips homered in the Wake County Home School game.

• Williams won its debut under new coach Brent Haynes, a Southern Alamance graduate who coached last season at Eastern Randolph.

The Bulldogs roughed up visiting Northeast Guilford 16-3 last week with a 10-run first inning setting the tone.

Dan Mahan went 3-for-3 with a home run and scored four runs. Aiden Pulliam drove in three runs. Tate Jones and William Allen handled the Williams pitching, combining for 10 strikeouts.

•Southeast Alamance won 4-3 in eight innings against visiting Eastern Guilford on Monday, giving coach Adam Gunn a victory against his alma mater.

Boys’ lacrosse
Southeast Alamance’s first game in program history resulted in an 8-7 overtime victory against visiting Eastern Guilford last week. Cruz Nelms and Aiden Greene both scored three goals.

Since then, the Stallions lost 21-2 on Monday to visiting Seaforth and fell 26-1 on Tuesday at Western Alamance.

• Williams is 3-0, beating Southern Alamance twice – by 9-1 and 9-5 – and topping Vance Charter 15-7.

Boys’ golf
Southern Alamance won the season’s first edition of the All-Alamance County competition last Thursday at Mill Creek Golf Club as Lacy Carroll shot 37, Kaden Long had 38 and Landon Linch posted 39.

Tim Klein of Williams was medalist with 36.

Southern’s team score of 156 was ahead of Williams and Western Alamance, who shared second place at 171 among five teams.

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