Pungo falls to Eagles|Armstrong drives in six in setback

Published 8:41 am Friday, April 2, 2010

By By KEVIN TRAVIS, Sports Editor
BELHAVEN — A huge game from catcher Allison Armstrong wasn’t enough as the Pungo Raiders fell 23-15 to the Northeast Eagles in Thursday’s Tarheel Independent Conference softball action.
Armstrong ripped four hits, including a triple and two doubles. The senior also drove in six runs.
“She’s my go-to hitter,” Pungo first-year coach Melody Jo Williams said.
Tess Smithwick banged a pair of doubles as she continues to swing a hot strick for the Raiders.
“Tess always gets on (base) and always gets good hits,” Williams said. “Allison comes around and just smashes the ball. She’s really dominating right now.”
Pungo (1-6, 0-5) appeared to be in cruise control after batting around and scoring 10 times in the second.
However, the Eagles were able to rally. Northeast used a seven-run sixth inning to take control.
Williams isn’t giving up on her team.
“They have to want it themselves,” Williams said. “Until they want it, and until they realize that they can do it, it’s not going to happen.”
While Pungo won’t play again for nearly two weeks, Williams is hoping her Raiders can improve greatly before the next game.
“We’re going to continue to work on the little things,” she said.