Pisgah blanks ReynoldsBears eliminate Rockets and avenge two previous losses
FAIRVIEW — Twice during the regular season, the A.C. Reynolds varsity softball team has beaten Pisgah, 11-5 and 1-0.
In Tuesday’s NCHSAA Class 3-A West third round playoff game, the Black Bears proved that the third time is the charm.
Pisgah got a brilliant performance inside the circle from junior pitcher Callie Kuykendall and her teammates scored four big runs in the top of the second to cruise to a 6-0 victory over Reynolds at Mash Field on Tuesday.
“We were really focused (today). We wanted to come out and prove we were the better team,” said Kuykendall. “The first two times we played, we did not have all our players in the lineup. But (today), we just played Pisgah softball. That was the difference.”
The win improved Pisgah to 17-8 overall and sends the Black Bears into today’s fourth round of the state play
offs to face at 6 p.m. their longtome rival Enka High at the Jets’ Griffin Park.
Kuykendall started the four-run second when she reached first safely on a field error. Sophomore shortstop Brooklyn Allen turned an attempted sacrifice bunt into a bunt single when she split the charging third baseman Cami McLauglin and pitcher Josie Harris.
Pisgah junior third baseman Shelby Tomassi followed with a line-drive single to left center to give the Black Bears a 1-0 lead. Senior Sheridan Pressley coaxed a base-on-balls from Harris to load the bases before designated hitter Morgan Henson drove in Allen with a bloop single over the head of the drawn-in second baseman Amaron Craig for a 2-0 lead.
Abby Clark just missed her first-ever varsity home run with a deep fly to the left-center wall and had to settle with a RBI sacrifice fly, giving Pisgah a 3-0 lead. Then Pressley scored on junior leftfielder Ashley Penland’s one-out groundout to second base.
Pisgah sophomore Mandalin Blanton ripped a pair of RBI doubles in the fourth and sixth innings.
“Callie was on (today),” said Blanton. “The way she was pitching and getting four runs in the second just gave us a boost that this game was ours. This playoff run is exciting for me because this is my first year on the varsity. We worked hard in practice preparing for this game and we took care of our business.”
Although Reynolds’ Mackenzie Duncan had three hits, Kuykendall finished with a complete-game four hitter, while striking out five batters.
The junior righthander retired 15 of the final 16 batters she faced.
Tomassi and Blanton had two hits each for Pisgah, which finished with eight in total.