No tie for Pisgah nineMelville’s girls mercy rules another soccer opponent
SKYLAND — The Pisgah varsity softball team had some unfinished business with T.C. Roberson.
Missing four starters and the only championship caliber softball team in the state without lights at their complex, the first meeting between the visiting Rams and the Black Bears was called due to darkness tied at seven back in March.
So on Monday, Pisgah traveled to T.C. Roberson to settle their affairs with the Rams.
Oh girl, did they ever.
Pisgah rode the brilliant complete-game pitching performance of sophomore Callie Kuykendall and the slugging prowess of junior second baseman Sheridan Pressley to defeat Roberson, 8-3, in a non-conference game.
Pisgah won its ninth game in a row and improved to 9-2-1, while the Class 4-A Rams dropped to 5-6-1.
Offensively, Pisgah finished with 10 hits. Pressley had two hits, including a double and her first-ever varsity home run, a solo shot she blasted in the top of the seventh. Junior first baseman Alex Litrico drove in two runs with a single and double and Kuykendall had a pair of singles. Sophomore third baseman Shelby Tomassi provided an RBI single, while Kasey Alexander drove in two runs with a single.
From inside the circle, Kuykendall scattered five hits, which two were solo homers, struck out two and walked one Ram in seven innings to earn the win.
Pisgah, which scored a pair of runs in the top of the fifth to erase a 3-2 deficit and added four more runs in the top of the seventh, plays at Franklin at 6 p.m. today. The game will be broadcast live on WPTL AM 920, beginning with a 5:45 p.m. pregame show.
The Tuscola varsity girls soccer team dismantled the visiting Smoky Mountain Mustangs, 9-0, in a mercy rule shortened WNCAC match Monday night at C.E. Weatherby Stadium.
Tuscola, which led 4-0 at halftime, improved to 10-4-0 overall and 7-1-0 in the WNCAC, while the Mustangs sunk to 3-5-1 in the conference.
In a relentless 37-shot offensive attack, five Mountaineers scored goals, including four by senior forward Caitlyn Hines.
In addition to Hines’ scoring frenzy, sophomore Foster Kirkpatrick scored two goals and assisted on two other goals, while Lizzie Darguzas scored her goal when she whistled a vicious corner kick past the Smoky Mountain keeper. Freshman Cassidy Pate-Moore chipped in a goal in the second half and senior Shelby Tricoli put the Mustangs out of their misery with the ninth goal with 10 minutes left in the match.
In the JV match, Tuscola defeated Smoky Mountain 4-2.
Tuscola played at Brevard Tuesday evening. At press time, no results were available. In the previous match at Weatherby Stadium, the Mountaineers squeaked by the Blue Devils, 2-1.
Injured Tuscola player Andi Reinman contributed the soccer story.