Pack softball team advances, baseball season ends

Published 8:03 am Thursday, May 11, 2023

Washington High School erupted for nine runs in the second inning on the way to a 12-0 victory over Southwest Onslow in the first round of the 2A state softball playoffs Wednesday night at home.

The third-seeded Pam Pack (17-5) took full advantage of five errors by their 30th seeded opponent and strung together seven hits as 15 players batted in the second inning.

“I’m glad we hit the ball consistently tonight,” coach Brad Horton said. “We talked about being patient and laying off high pitches and we did that. We were calm and stayed under control, which worked the count to our favor.”

Senior first baseman Shaelee Chrismon had three hits and drove in two runs, while Emma Orr drove in a pair of runs and earned the pitching win.

The sophomore left-hander had a no-hitter going until she gave up back to back singles in the fourth.

Orr struck out 12 of the 18 batters she faced with one walk.

Next up is 6th seeded Roanoke Rapids (15-4) at home Friday.

“We are going to see good pitching the rest of the way, so it was could to swing the bats well tonight,” Horton said. “It will be a tall task the rest of the way, but we are playing well right now.”

Washington’s baseball season ended with a 3-1 loss at conference rival West Craven. The 19th seeded Pam Pack finished 9-9, while the 14th seeded Eagles advanced with a 15-8 record. They scored two runs in the first inning and one in the fifth before Washington scored in the seventh.

Southside’s baseball season is over as well after a 12-11 loss at Bear Grass Wednesday night. The #28th seeded Seahawks ended 9-12, while the fifth-seeded Bears (19-2) advance to the second round.

Northside’s baseball and softball teams won their opening round games Tuesday. The baseball team will host Riverside Friday, while softball travels to Warren County.