South Central has the components of a quality team. Solid pitching, strong defense and the ability to hit.
But it’s timely hitting that keyed the Falcons to the fourth round of the N.C. High School Athletic Association 4A playoffs. South Central had to rally in a walk-off, 5-4 win against Holly Springs to advance to play the Cape Fear Colts just outside of Fayetteville.
“We have done a lot of hitting with two outs this year,” South Central coach Cotton Nicholson said. “We’re a good-hitting team, I think, and we put the ball in play quite a bit. That’s a key. ... Defensively, we’re solid, too.”
South Central (23-3) has gotten clutch hits from Lauren Conway, Madison Deanes, Amya Evans and Cameron Davis, among others.
South Central’s lone losses were a nine-inning 6-5 decision to Richmond County in the D.H. Conley Easter Tournament on April 17, and 7-1 loss to Conley on April 4.
“We need to stay aggressive at the plate and get solid pitching and defense,” Nicholson said. “That’s cliché, but you want to stay aggressive at the plate. We had a little lull of four or five games where we weren’t aggressive at the plate.”