2017-04-19 / Sports

Person softball forfeits game to Roxboro Community School

Game ends after six innings and Bulldogs leading, 4-2
BY KELLY SNOW
COURIER-TIMES SPORTS EDITOR

The Roxboro Community School softball team defeated cross-county rival Person after the Rockets opted to forfeit at the end of the sixth inning.

The Bulldogs were holding a slim 4-2 lead when Person coach Prentice Hargrove informed the umpires and RCS coaches his intention to forfeit the game after an injury to infielder Aryana Daye.

According to sources, there were three Rocket substitutes on the bench, but Hargrove opted not to use them as a way to punish the players because they did not attend practice on Friday, April 7 or Saturday, April 15 — the Friday before Spring Break and the Saturday before students returned to class Monday.

A source said that Hargrove initially wanted to forfeit before the start of the sixth inning after Daye’s injury, but was talked out of it by players. He surrendered the game before the start of the seventh inning. Several cited Hargrove as saying that this was “just a non-conference game”, insinuating that the outcome was not as important as a PAC-6 game.

Person and RCS each scored two runs in the first inning. The Bulldogs took the lead for good on a tworun homer by Grace Sherron in the bottom of the fifth inning.

When asked by The Courier-Times to explain the situation that resulted in the forfeit, Hargrove declined comment. According to several in attendance, there were arguments between Person coaches and parents after the game.

The Rockets are currently 4-9 overall and 2-4 in the PAC-6 and sit in fourth place in the conference.

With the playoff format instituted by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association on a pilot basis, only the conference regular season and tournament champions receive automatic bids to the playoffs.

All other playoff bids are handed out based on team’s 22-game regular season winning percentage. Teams can schedule up to 24 regular season games and drop two non-conference games for their playoff reporting record.

The Rockets are only scheduled to play 18 games this season, so not only is every game counted towards their playoff record, the outcome is weighed heavier because it counts for higher percentage of the season.

Person’s currently on the right side of the playoff bubble, but is one of the last five teams that would make the postseason if the regular season ended today.

With the victory, RCS moved to 7-2 heading into Tuesday’s North Central Athletic Conference clash against Falls Lake Academy.

Monday’s game against Person was the last of a three-game school-imposed suspension for head coach Sean Kendrick after an altercation following the March 29 game against River Mill Academy.

WILDCATS DOWN ROCKETS IN 10 INNINGS

The East Chapel Hill High School softball team rallied from an early hole to edge Person, 6-5 in 10 innings Tuesday in Chapel Hill.

The Rockets raced out to a 3-0 lead after the first inning and took a 5-3 lead into the seventh inning.

The Wildcats rallied to tie the game in the bottom of the seventh and got a walkoff, inside-the-park homer from Claire Pederson to end the game.

The Rockets will be back in action Friday when they host PAC-6 leader Northern Durham.

The Ladies edged Person, 4-3 in the first meeting between the long time rivals.

Game time is set for 7 p.m.

RCS CRUSHES FIREBIRDS, 14-2

The Roxboro Community School softball team got up big early and never looked back in its 14-2 , fiveinning rout of Falls Lake Academy Tuesday at home.

The Bulldogs raced out to a 9-2 lead after the first inning and padded their advantage with two more in the second and three in the third.

The Bulldogs will host Franklin Academy today at 4 p.m.

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