Spartans fall to Olympic
The South Caldwell softball team saw its season come to an end after dropping a 5-2 decision to Olympic in the second round of the 4A state playoffs on Tuesday in Charlotte.
“We’re a young team in terms of age, but I feel like we grew into veterans throughout the season,” said South head coach Kristen Hobbs. “Our girls fought hard and stayed in it. They never put their heads down. I’m excited to see how much more we can grow into next season.”
The Spartans conclude their season with an overall record of 15-8. Olympic (23-3) advances to take on Porter Ridge.
South threatened to score in the first inning after Makayla Carver led the game off with a triple. However, the Spartans failed to get Carver across the plat.
After Olympic jumped out to a 3-0 lead, South cut the lead one in the top of the third inning. Breanna Hagerty led off with a single and stole second. Carver followed with a walk to put runners on first and second. Then with two outs, Lainey Triplett hit a two-run double to right field to make the score 3-2.
In the top of the fifth, the Spartans had runners on first and second with just one out, but Olympic ended the inning with a double play.
“We gave away a few opportunities,” Hobbs said. “We got some runners on but couldn’t get them across. They (Olympic) also made some good defensive plays.”
The Trojans added two insurance runs in the sixth inning. With one out in the inning, Emily Lopez scored on an RBI single to left by Venus Gonzalez. Grace Beatty then drove in Gonzalez with a single to center to make the score 5-2 in favor of Olympic.
South Caldwell never threatened in the last two innings.
Madison Bumgarner suffered the loss for the Spartans. She surrendered five runs on seven hits, while striking out two. She pitched the first four and two-third innings, before handing the ball over to Carver to pitch the remaining one and one-third innings.
Lori Mccoy picked up the win for Olympic. She threw all seven innings, while allowing just two runs.