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WINTERVILLE — With both teams playing long ball, the visiting Charles B. Aycock High varsity softball team tasted defeat for the first time in the 2108 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference race by a 5-4 margin to 4-A South Central on Thursday.
In completing the first half of conference play, the 3-A Lady Golden Falcons slipped to 5-1 in the ECC and to 9-2 overall. In both losses, CBA owned the lead going into the last inning.
South Central climbed into the conference lead at 4-0 and stands 8-1 in all games.
South Central’s Lady Falcons entered the final — or seventh — inning trailing 4-3 as the result of being shut out by CBA pitcher Marie Kidd since the first inning.
But with one out, Cam Davis slugged her second homer of the game to knot the score at 4-4. One out later, South Central walked off when Alleigh Johnson belted a home run. The Lady Falcons seized a 3-0 lead in the first when Davis walloped her first homer, a two-run shot.
CBA, down 3-0, got a run back in the second on Cassandra Lassiter’s homer and vaulted out front 4-3 in the third inning when Taylor Puetz connected for 2018 homer No. 3, a three-run shot.
Abigail Lassiter was the only CBA player with two hits. Amya Evans pounded a solo homer and a double for South Central. Davis and Evans hit back-to-back homers in the first.
In taking the pitching loss, CBA’s Kidd allowed seven hits and five earned runs in 6 2/3 innings. Izzy Moore pitched the distance for South Central, also allowing seven hits while issuing no walks and striking out a pair.
CBA plays three games in the Harnett Central Easter Tournament on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Score by innings:
C.B. Aycock 013 000 0 — 4
South Central 300 000 2 — 5
WP-Izzy Moore 7 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO. LP-Marie Kidd 6 2/3 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 5 SO.
LEADING HITTERS — Charles B. Aycock: Abigail Lassiter 2-3, Cassandra Lassiter 1-3, HR; Taylor Puetz 1-3, HR, 3 RBI; South Central: Cam Davis 3-4, 2 HR, 3 RBI; Amya Evans 2-4, HR, 2B; Alleigh Johnson 1-3, HR.