Cougars club Jags to win tourney title
YEATESVILLE — South Creek began the Northside tournament swinging a hot bat and never stopped as the Cougars clubbed Farmville Central 12-2 in five innings to clinch the tourney title.
“It feels really good. This is our fourth year coming here and it’s been our goal for four years to win it and for our seniors this feels really good,” South Creek coach Danny Webb said. “It was an outstanding team effort.”
On Saturday, the Cougars began the tourney with a 13-win over Edenton and then proceeded to slug their way past Pamlico 18-13 to advance to Monday’s title game against the Jaguars. Though the tourney took a timeout on Sunday, when it was time to play ball again the Cougars bats didn’t miss a beat.
“We had a really good hitting weekend, we hit the ball really well,” Webb said. “We hit the ball from top to bottom. I have a lot of confidence in my lineup. I just hope it carries over after the Easter break.”
Taylor Johnson and Lauren Sitterson paced the Cougars at the plate as each went 3-4. Lauren Ward and Kaitlyn Sitterson tallied two hits, while Kim Mobley and Taylor Moore each had one.
Cougars’ sophomore Lauren Sitterson earned the win as she fanned seven batters in five innings while allowing only two hits to finish the tourney with a perfect 2-0 record.
“Lauren is an outstanding pitcher,” Webb said. “She struggled a little bit on Saturday but today she was back to her normal form and was outstanding.”
Last year’s tourney champs Northside struggled on the second day of action as it fell 13-3 to Farmville Central in its first game on Monday and 14-3 to Pamlico in its second.
Against the Jaguars, Caroline Slade went 1-1 with a home run, while Jessica Cleary and Brittney Alligood each went 1-2.
Cleary and Cheyenne Franks led the Panthers against Pamilico as Cleary was 2-2 with a triple and Franks finished 2-2 with an RBI. Alligood would also drive in a run and went 1-2.