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DHC Softball Defeats South Central

April 2, 2014
D H Conley High School

D.H. Conley completely changed the feel of Tuesday’s softball game against South Central in one half-inning.

The host Vikings broke a tie with a big sixth frame and retired the Falcons in order in the top of the seventh to record a 10-4 victory that kept DHC undefeated in 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference play.

“Give credit where credit is due. (SC starting pitcher) Kayla (Harris) did an excellent job of keeping us off balance,” Conley coach Wayne Deans said, specifying that Harris was beating Viking hitters on the outside part of the plate in the early innings. “We just did not adjust quickly, but when we made that adjustment — when the hitters went to that box making the mental adjustment — it made a difference.”

DHC (8-2, 6-0) broke a 1-1 tie with three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, but the Falcons (3-5, 2-4) — sparked by Lauren Conway’s two-run double — answered with three in the top of the sixth to draw even.

However, the home team owned the bottom of the inning, which began when Caroline Roberson reached on an error. Pinch runner Emily Kirby entered the game for Roberson and scored the go-ahead run on Julia Allsbrook’s double to right-center.

The floodgates opened after that with Conley sending 10 more batters to the plate, resulting in five more hits, another SC error, a Viking hit by a pitch and five more runs for a 10-4 cushion.

“You have an error to lead off the inning, a pitch in the wrong spot and (Allsbrook) drills it and then it just snowballs,” said Falcons coach Cotton Nicholson, who noted his team produced its best hitting effort of the season.

Kori Adams led the Viking offense, going 2-for-4 with a triple, four RBIs and a run scored. Leadoff batter Danielle Nadeau scored three times for Conley and Allsbrook finished 1-for-3 with a double and two RBIs. Madison Maloney was 2-3 with two singles.

Madison Rowell and Brae Mizelle had two hits apiece for South Central while Lindsey Sutton went 1-for-1, scored once and drove in a run.

Rachel Weidner earned the complete game victory for DHC while Harris also went the distance in a losing cause for the Falcons.  Conley will host J.H. Rose on Friday at 6:00 pm.

— Tony Castleberry

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