Pam Pack advances with extra-inning thriller

Published 8:54 pm Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Freshman catcher Addison Miller lined a two-out single to left field to score Laci Campbell with the season-extending run in the bottom of the ninth inning for a 1-0 Washington High School third round playoff victory over South Columbus Tuesday night.

The top-seeded Pam Pack (24-0) struggled all night against Stallions senior starter Peyton Duncan, who struck out 15 WHS batters and gave up just a pair of hits until the final inning.

The Pack advances to Friday’s fourth round at home against the winner of fourth-seeded Camden County (19-3) and #12 East Duplin (19-5).

WHS freshman Emma Orr matched Duncan out for out on the mound, pitching a two hitter with seven strikeouts.

Washington finally broke through in the bottom of the ninth with Campbell’s one-out double to left, Shaelee Crimson’s bunt that moved her to third and Miller’s game-winner than brought her home.

“I knew Addison was going to come through for us because she had a better at-bat every time,” coach Brad Horton said. “Their catcher left the game with an injury while she was running the bases in the top of the 9th and I knew we had to capitalize while the pitcher was getting used to the new one. Laci got a great look at the left fielder on her hit and stretched it into a double on her own. I had Shaelee bunt to get Laci to third to make the pitcher a little more uncomfortable. Addison came through and Emma was consistently tremendous in the circle. She was in charge the whole night and kept a very good team in check. Our defense was solid and we needed everybody’s best effort to advance.”

Crismon and senior Abby Gardner had the other two WHS hits.

South Columbus, from Tabor City, finished 19-3