North Carolina high school softball and baseball suspended
Mar 19, 2020 02:29PM
By John Wilson
North Carolina is in a state of emergency due to health concerns surrounding the COVID-19 situation. For that reason, the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) has suspended all high school athletics until April 6th.
The stop in action halted all area baseball and softball teams in their tracks.
Here is a rundown of where the local teams sat in the standings when play was suspended on March 13th.
Big South 3A Softball
The Cramer Storm softball team had been on fire. The Storm are 7-1 overall and 1-1 in conference play. Cramer has been a bit of a surprise as the Storm has been riding high off of the play of a group of productive underclassmen.
Big South 3A Baseball
The Cramer baseball team is off to a rocky start sitting at 1-4 overall and 0-2 in league play. Cramer’s lone win of the year was a 16-0 opening day win over Highland Tech on March 2nd.
Southwestern 2A Softball
South Point continues to work on rebuilding. At the suspension of play, the Lady Raiders were 1-4 overall and 1-1 in Southwestern 2A play.
In their last game, South Point beat Burns 5-2. In that game pitcher, Haley Franks earned the win while Asheton Queen had a great day going three for three and scoring two runs. Junior outfielder Emma McGinnis had a great day at the plate belting in two RBI’s.
The 2020 season has not been kind to the Lady Warriors of East Gaston. EG is 0-5 overall and 0-2 in conference play as the Lady Warriors hope to get back on track when play resumes.
Southwestern 2A Baseball
The Red Raiders were holding their own when the season was stopped. South Point is 3-2 overall, but more importantly, the Red Raiders are 2-0 in conference action.
Last week against Burns the Red Raiders came from behind to score a 5-4 win over Burns.
Senior Brian Mellette had the heavy bat for South Point in that matchup going two for three with an RBI.
The East Gaston Warriors have started the season at 3-2 overall and 0-2 in league play. So far this year the Warriors have beaten Cramer twice and scored a win over Ashbrook.
In their last game against Cramer, a 6-1 win Riley Hawkins pitched a complete game striking out four batters while only giving up one run and three hits. Hawkins delivered a solid performance in the batter’s box as well going two for two with an RBI.
Another highlight of that game was an Ayden Ledford three-run home run.
PAC7 1A Baseball
The Mountain Island Raptors scored their first win of the year last week beating Union Academy 9-2.
MI got the win off of nine hits and some solid play from Tyler Sellers who led all batters sporting a .750 batting average while slamming in two RBI’s.
PAC7 1A Softball
Last year the Lady Raptors made a big playoff push, this year the team seems to have picked up where they left off. When play was halted MI was 5-1 overall and 2-0 in the PAc7.
In their last game before the Lady Raptors beat Union Academy 3-2. Once again Lauren Engel is doing a good job on the mound for MI having already recorded 35 strikeouts. Like last year Engel is again supported by a solid cast of players including Kaylan Brown and the sister duos of Lawson and Camden Gerland and Chloe and Elle Hatzopoulos.
The NCHSAA hopes for play to resume on April 6th. But due to the fluid nature of the situation that date is, of course, subject to change.