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C.B. Aycock softball’s speed on the base paths makes for a tough out

Connor Vinson slaps for a single during the CB Aycock at South Central's Softball matchup on Apr 26, 2017.
Connor Vinson slaps for a single during the CB Aycock at South Central's Softball matchup on Apr 26, 2017. newsobserver.com

Another year, another deep playoff run for C.B. Aycock’s softball team.

The Golden Falcons (22-3) have won 16 of their last 17 entering Friday’s fourth-round game at Orange. Their only losses have been to 4A programs South Central twice and D.H. Conley once.

“We’re going to build on that,” Aycock coach Lavon Matthews said immediately after the loss to South Central. “I still feel like we have a good opportunity to be a No. 1 seed in the east.”

And he was right.

Aycock wants to get back to the state championship game, where it lost last year to Enka.

Matthews knows his team hits well, and has speed on the basepaths to burn.

His lineup has hit just nine homers – that’s less than Orange’s Mia Davidson by herself – but has 90 stolen bases in 93 attempts.

Connor Vinson has 17 stolen bases, while Mookie Powell has 16 and Cassandra Lassiter 12, respectively. None of the three has been caught stealing.

That has allowed Matthews to put in a lot more work on defense in practice, and he and the Falcons have usually reaped the benefits.

“We worked hard on defense most of the times instead of hitting to cut down on errors,” Matthews said. “We had one game where we made six errors, but won the ballgame.”

Matthews also recalled the loss to Conley, where the Falcons outhit the Vikings 13-6, but committed six errors.

“After that, we started focusing more on defense in practice and worked and worked and worked at it,” Matthews said. “We’re still going to make errors, but you can’t have walks and then errors behind them.”

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