Pam Pack takes first loss in state championship opener

Published 10:10 pm Friday, June 3, 2022

The Washington High School softball team lost for the first time this season, 4-1, to two-time defending 2A state champion West Stanly in the first of a three game series to determine this year’s champion Friday night in Chapel Hill.

Junior shortstop Ava Shae Mizell put the Pack (27-1) on the board first with a home run over the left field wall in the bottom of the third, but the Colts (28-4) answered with a pair of runs in the top of the fourth on a fielding and a throwing error on the same play for a 2-1 lead they never lost.

The usually smooth fielding Pack was charged with three errors and another infield error was ruled a hit. All came in key situations and led to West Stanly runs.

“I told our kids that four errors equaled four runs,” coach Brad Horton said. “We can’t have errors against a team that good. We also couldn’t lay off their pitcher’s rise ball, which led to a ton of strikeouts. Tomorrow’s a new day and we’re not out of hit.’

Junior pitcher Lily Huneycutt struck out 11 WHS batters and allowed only Mizell’s homer and Campbell’s single.

Washington freshman Emma Orr gave up nine hits, two earned runs and did not strike out a batter for the first time this season.

Game two is Saturday at 12 p.m.