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Marissa Roach swings during a game against Hoggard on Friday.

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By Laieke Abebe
The Daily Reflector

Friday, May 17, 2019

The South Central softball team couldn’t catch a break Friday night in Winterville, and Hoggard took advantage, ending the Falcons season with a 5-0 loss.

The Vikings advanced to the 4-A East Regional championship with a 5-0 road win over the Falcons on Friday night. They’ll begin the best-of-three series next week, but for South Central, an amazing season comes to a tough end.

“We had some tough breaks,” Falcons head coach Cotton Nicholson said. “We did make a few mistakes defensively, but they deserve a lot of credit. They made the plays and controlled the game for the most part. I’m so proud of my team and we had a great season this year. They’ve done a lot of great things for the school and they made so much history.”

Sophomore pitcher Isabel Moore pitched well throughout the night. However, an RBI double by Vikings sophomore Skylar Walker gave them the lead for good in the top of the fourth inning.

The Falcons had multiple scoring chances during the game. Seniors Madison Deanes and Anna Mewborn were able to draw walks to get on base a multiple times throughout the night. However, South Central couldn’t get the timely hit to get them on the board. They stranded a lot of base runners, but they stayed in the game with some solid defense throughout the first four innings.

Errors began to plague the Falcons in the top of the fifth inning, allowing the Vikings scored two insurance runs to make it 3-0. They added two more in the seventh inning to put the game away.

Coach Nicholson will lose seniors Mewborn, Marissa Roach, Amya Evans, Deanes, and Bre Britton to graduation.

The group made a lasting impact and won their share of games for the Falcons during their time on the team. However, Coach Nicholson will have a good group of student-athletes returning for next season.

“My seniors are tremendous,” he said about his five graduating softball players. “They worked hard and gave 100% effort all the time. The five of them had a lot of success and they were great leaders for our team and school on and off the field. We’re definitely going to miss them.”

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