High School Sports

Orange downs Eastern Alamance as Davidson chases NCHSAA softball’s home run record

Mia Davidson remains one home run away from tying the N.C. high school single-season record for softball homers after being denied a chance Saturday night in an Orange victory.

Davidson was intentionally walked every time she got to the plate in Orange’s 4-3 win Saturday over next-door neighbor Eastern Alamance in the second round of the N.C. High School Athletics Association 3A softball playoffs.

Her final walk led to the winning run scored in the seventh. Davidson was walked, and then her sister Montana Davidson was walked. Orange coach Eddie Davidson, Mia’s and Montana’s father, named sophomore Alysann Lloyd the player of the game after she drove in the game-winning run with a walk-off single.

Junior pitcher Kristina Givens notched the win after dishing out five strikeouts with just two walks and five hits scattered over a full seven innings of work.

Davidson, a junior who’s committed to play for Mississippi State, got within reach of the NCHSAA record after hitting three homers in Orange’s 20-1, first-round win against Wilson Fike, giving her 18 for the year. She gets another chance at the single-season record (19 homers) when No. 8-seeded Orange (23-3) travels Tuesday night to Pikeville to take on No. 1 C.B. Aycock (25-1).