The North Johnston High varsity softball team captured three of its four contests last week, including a 1-1 mark in 2-A Eastern Plains Conference play to stand 9-6 overall and 2-2 in conference skirmishes.
In a battle of Lady Panthers, North Johnston traveled to North Pitt on Wednesday and pounded out 15 hits in an 18-6, six-inning win.
Two days later, NJ was turned aside 7-5 at Washington for its lone loss of the week. On Saturday, the Lady Panthers took part in the Pittsboro Northwood roundup and logged a pair of one-run, extra-inning victories. North Johnston outlasted Hillsborough Cedar Ridge 1-0 in eight innings and produced a 4-3, nine-inning conquest of Oxford Webb.
Versus Webb, junior Taylor Narron was the offensive catalyst, going 4 for 5 with an RBI. Senior Olivia Narron and junior Kelly White produced two hits each.
Sophomore Lexi Godwin secured the win in relief, working the last three innings and allowing five hits. Senior Emma Turner authored six hitless innings to start, walking one and striking out one.
North Johnston cashed in on five errors in the 1-0 win over Cedar Ridge. Freshman Amberlynn Pearce tossed all eight innings, allowing four hits and striking out 10 baters. Narron was 2 for 4 with a run scored.
In the EPC skirmishes, North Johnston was limited to just five hits in the loss to Washington. Sophomore Jada Santiago doubled twice and drove in a run.
Turner took the loss, lasting just one-third of an inning and allowing one hit. She walked two and allowed a pair of earned runs.
Versus North Pitt, Narron, junior Meghan Sherrod and Santiago each had three hits. Freshman Lindsey Massengill and Santiago each tripled. Santiago added a pair of doubles. Godwin was the winner in relief, tossing four innings and yielding five hits. She struck out three and didn’t record a walk.
The Lady Panthers play host to SouthWest Edgecombe on Tuesday.