2018-05-16 / Sports

ONE AND DONE

Bulldogs’ season ends in playoff loss to Uwharrie Charter
BY KELLY SNOW
COURIER-TIMES SPORTS EDITOR


Roxboro Community School shortstop Karsin Lee gets a little too close to Uwharrie Charter’s Haedyn Hill as she was trying to stretch a single into a double. Hill was tagged out on the play. 
KELLY SNOW | COURIER-TIMES Roxboro Community School shortstop Karsin Lee gets a little too close to Uwharrie Charter’s Haedyn Hill as she was trying to stretch a single into a double. Hill was tagged out on the play. KELLY SNOW | COURIER-TIMES HURDLE MILLS — Roxboro Community School softball coach Sean Kendrick perfectly summed up the feelings after Saturday’s game in one simple sentence.

“It just wasn’t our day.”

From the first batter on, the day belonged to Uwharrie Charter as the visitors rolled to a 10-0, six-inning rout of the Bulldogs in the second-round of the 1A West region playoffs. RCS ended its season at 14-5, were the co-champions of the North Central Athletic Conference but fell short of its goal of making a deep playoff run.

The loss marked the first time the Bulldogs were shutout since a 1-0 loss to Bartlett Yancey early last season and was the most runs given up this year.

Uwharrie Charter, the second-place team from the tough Yadkin Valley Conference, scored in every inning and pounded out 16 hits and did not strike out in its combined 34 plate appearances. The Eagles advanced to play Alleghany in Tuesday’s third-round game.


RCS second baseman Ashton Evans tags out a Uwharrie Charter player who was trying to steal second base. 
KELLY SNOW | COURIER-TIMES RCS second baseman Ashton Evans tags out a Uwharrie Charter player who was trying to steal second base. KELLY SNOW | COURIER-TIMES “That was a really good team, a really good hitting team.” Kendrick said. “Everything that was thrown at them, they put it in play. They had a few bloopers and we made a few errors and we just didn’t hit the ball.”

The Eagles did much of their damage with two outs.

For the game, Uwharrie batters were 6-of-12 (.500) with two outs and scored six runs.

Mackenzie Walker started the two-out barrage in the first inning when she singled to left to score Hae- dyn Hill to walk the game. Hill stretched the Eagles’ lead to 3-0 in the second inning with a two-out liner to left that she legged out for a double, scoring two.


RCS assistant coach Anthony Lee gives Grier Briggs some direction during Saturday’s playoff game. 
KELLY SNOW | COURIER-TIMES RCS assistant coach Anthony Lee gives Grier Briggs some direction during Saturday’s playoff game. KELLY SNOW | COURIER-TIMES The Bulldogs had a chance to put a scare into Uwharrie in the bottom of the inning.

Zoe Russell and Kailey Mangum singled to start the inning and Grier Briggs followed two batters later with a hard liner to center to load the bases with one out.

But the Bulldogs came up empty.

Lana Kendrick struck out and Ashton Evans’ bullet was hit right at Uwharrie centerfielder Leslie Webb for the third out of the inning. RCS only had one other base runner after the second inning.

“It hurt us bad,” Sean Kendrick said. “We got the bases loaded with one out and if we would have been hitting like we’re supposed to, someone would have brought those two runs in. It just wasn’t meant to be. That’s just the way the game went.”

Uwharrie’s Allison Hogan tossed a completegame shutout, only allowing four hits, while striking out seven. Hogan held RCS’s top three hitters in the order without a hit in nine plate appearances.

The Bulldogs used all three pitchers, with Mangum starting before being pulled in the third inning. Madison Adams pitched into the sixth inning and Karsin Lee recorded the last out of the frame.

Eight of the Eagles starters had at least one hit.

The Bulldogs will lose two seniors from this team, including multiple-time All-NCAC selection Grace Sherron. Four of the starters in Saturday’s game are freshmen and all three pitchers are expected to return next season. Sean Kendrick will be leaving his post as Bulldogs’ coach after the graduation of his daughter, but he believes the team’s future in a bright one.

“I see some good teams coming through,” Kendrick said. “I see some teams that have a chance to progress further than we did this season. We were hoping to go further than we did last season, because we had more of a selection of good players. I think they’re going to have a great program for the next several years.”

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