By Bob Sutton
Special to The Alamance News
Softball teams from Western Alamance and Southern Alamance finished undefeated conference seasons Thursday night.
• In the Central 3-A Conference, Western Alamance’s 11-0 conference record was capped by a 22-0 rout at Northwood with Taylor Apple driving in nine runs and pitching a no-hitter.
Apple hit two home runs, while teammate Kara Alday also homered.
Alday went 4-for-5 with four runs batted in and four runs scored, Ryan Justice and Allison Maloney both had three hits. Payton Rainey, Justice and Maloney all knocked in two runs.
The Warriors are 14-3 overall.
• In the DAC-VII Conference, Southern Alamance went 12-0 in league play, concluding that portion of the season by winning 16-1 and 17-0 against visiting East Chapel Hill in a doubleheader. The first game lasted 3 innings and the second game went 4½ innings.
See box scores for Southern Alamance games against East Chapel Hill:
Game No. 1 (16-1) HERE and
Game No. 2 (17-0) HERE
Maycee Tickle scored three runs in the first game. Ryle Humble and Emma Greeson were the winning pitchers.
Greta Hessenthaler notched three hits and scored four runs in the nightcap, while Kayla Wilson had three hits. Both players drove in three runs.
Southern Alamance is 17-3 overall. That included Wednesday’s 6-3 non-league victory against visiting Apex. Hessenthaler smacked a go-ahead, three-run home run in the fourth inning and Humble, the winning pitcher, had two hits.
Southern Alamance’s Nathan Teague threw a two-hitter with 12 strikeouts and no walks as the host Patriots defeated Durham Riverside 6-0 in a rain-shortened DAC-VII Conference game.
Southern had only one run through four innings, coming when Bradley Capps walked and scored on Eli Holland’s double. The Patriots tacked on five runs in the fifth, when the game ended while they were still batting.
The Patriots (13-9, 9-3) claimed second place, a game behind Chapel Hill.
• Roxboro Person avenged its loss to Williams with Thursday night’s 8-1 home victory in the regular-season finale in the Central 3-A Conference.
Dylan Brooks had three of the five hits for the Bulldogs (15-9, 7-5), which shares second place with the Rockets and Cedar Ridge but will be the No. 2 seed for the conference tournament.
• Western Alamance won both games with Northwood this week, claiming a 2-1, 11-inning victory at home and then winning 7-1 on Thursday night at Northwood.
Western (11-12, 6-6) is the fifth-place team.
• Also in the Central 3-A Conference, the Eastern Alamance-Orange game was tentatively moved to Saturday in Hillsborough after Thursday’s postponement.