South Granville hadn’t lost on the softball diamond in more than a year, but the Vikings need to figure out how to bounce back after suffering a loss in Game 2 of the N.C. High School Athletic Association 2A championship series on Saturday afternoon.
Parkwood, out of Union County, won 3-2 to even the best-of-three series. Two-time defending champ South Granville had won Game 1 on Friday night 3-0.
Parkwood pitcher Caroline Ruth held the Vikings (27-1) to their lowest scoring output of the season for the second straight game. She got the Rebels out of trouble after South Granville hit three consecutive singles to load the bases with no outs in the top of the first.
Ruth also helped score the go-ahead run in the bottom of the sixth, as her leadoff double was rewarded with a two-out single by Allie Griffin to bring in courtesy runner Morgan Jurvelin, who was running for Ruth.
Parkwood (26-3) rapped out eight hits – six more than they did in Game 1. The Rebels took the lead in the bottom of the second on a throwing error. Parkwood’s Griffin doubled, but the Vikings threw it back to the infield to hold the runner at third. South Granville tried to pick off Griffin, who had just rounded second, rather than hold the ball. The throw went wide, allowing the runner to score.
South Granville, which had seven hits after totaling five in Game 1, tied it in the top of the third as pitcher Miranda Barker singled in leadoff batter Emma Jones.
The Vikings took the lead in the top of the fifth on a solo shot by catcher Megan White, the MVP of last year’s championships who had an RBI double in Game 1. It was the second homer of the series for South Granville after nine-hole hitter Jordan Talley hit her first home run of the year in Game 1 to make that 1-0 lead a more comfortable 3-0 margin.
Parkwood scraped together the tying run in the bottom half of the fifth on a double by leadoff hitter Mary Pierce Barnes, setting up Griffin’s RBI in the sixth to end the game.