North Moore Splits in Girls' Softball
The North Moore softball team split a pair of Yadkin Valley Conference games, losing to South Stanly on Friday before bouncing back with a 9-4 win Monday over North Rowan.
The Mustangs may have caught South Stanly at the wrong time. The Lady Rebel Bulls saw their 33-game conference winning streak come to an end at the hands of East Montgomery the day before squaring off with the Mustangs.
South Stanly took advantage of a pair of errors as it blanked the Mustangs 2-0 even though they outhit the home team, but couldn’t plate any runs.
North Moore rebounded Monday when it entertained North Rowan, sending the Lady Cavaliers to a 9-4 defeat.
“We’ve got to learn to eliminate our mistakes,” said Mustang assistant coach Megan McNeill. “South scored both of their runs on errors and North Rowan also used errors to score their runs. Our pitcher Ashley Davis has been doing a good job mixing up her pitches.”
Davis started against South Stanly, holding them to three hits while fanning two batters.
South scored its first run in the bottom of the third inning when the leadoff batter hit a double. She later scored on a fielding error. The Bulls added their second run in the fifth inning when the leadoff batter reached base on an error. The next batter moved the runner over with a sacrifice bunt and the runner later scored on an error.
The Mustangs finished with five hits, all singles by Heather Dunmyer, Jessie Sheffield, Gwen Steslicke, Casey Turner and Cheyenne Brown.
Davis was once again the starter against North Rowan, finishing with three strikeouts and allowing only four hits.
Neither team reached base in their half of the first inning. North opened the scoring in the bottom of the second inning when Andrea Brower led off with a walk. She stole second base, moved to third base and later scored on a passed ball.
The Mustangs added three more runs in the third inning when Steslicke reached base on a one-out walk. Dunmyer followed with a single, the first of her three hits. Sheffield drove in both runs with a double into center field. Sheffield later scored on a passed ball.
North Rowan rallied to tie the score in the top of the fourth inning with three hits while taking advantage of two Mustang errors.
North Moore responded with four runs in the bottom half of the fourth inning. Turner got the rally going, reaching base on an error. Holly Martindale followed with a walk. Both runners scored on a single hit by Holly Green. Steslicke and Dunmyer followed with back-to-back singles and Sheffield drove in the fourth run with her second hit of the game.
The Mustangs tacked on an insurance run in the sixth inning. Dunmyer and Sheffield finished with three hits each. The Mustangs improve to 2-1 in conference play and 4-2 overall, while the Cavaliers fall to 0-4 in conference action and 1-4 overall.
The Mustangs travel to cross-county rival Union Pines today and then host conference leader East Montgomery Friday. Both contests are scheduled to start at 6 p.m.
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