Bulldogs earn second Bayside title in three years
— North Caroline High’s softball team strives to be strong from top to bottom, with any player capable of making any play at any time.
The Bulldogs got another well-balanced game in the Bayside Conference championship on May 9, beating Snow Hill 9-1, with five players recording an RBI, and senior Brea Bishop pitching a complete game with 11 strikeouts.
North Caroline improved to 19-0 and will be the No. 1 seed in the Class 2A East Section II playoffs.
“We told the girls coming into this game that this was going to be one where we needed everything from everybody,” Bulldog head coach Andrea Ward said after North Caroline had won its second conference title in three years. “That is what they did.
“We had girls in the dirt. We had girls catching balls in foul territory that we didn’t think were catchable,” Ward added. “We had all of our girls going all out. That is all we can ask of them. The girls have been doing that all year. Everyone has been contributing. I’m so proud of the team for what they have accomplished. This is truly a special moment.”
With bases loaded in the first inning, Sarah Mast belted a two-run single to right to give North Caroline a 2-0 lead. Bishop (12-0) followed the half inning by striking out all three batters she faced.
“Sarah’s hit got the morale going,” Ward said. “It started the bats. Following that, we got home runs and big hits from all over the lineup.”
In the third, Megan Robbins (2 for 3) tripled, then scored on a triple by Kendall Dixon (2 for 3) for a 3-0 lead.
Bishop (2 for 4) followed by blasting a two-run home run for a 5-0 lead. She added two more strikeouts on the rubber in the third, and allowed nothing in the fourth inning.
“Brea was dominate again,” Ward said. “She has come out this entire season leading this team in everything we ask of her. As a senior and as a captain, I cannot ask much more of her because she is a great leader.”
The hitting continued in the top of the fifth with Mast (3 for 4) ripping an RBI double to left for a 6-0 lead. Abbi Trice’s RBI single increased the lead to 7-0.
Lauren Williamson followed by swatting a tworun homer for a 9-0 lead. Williamson’s homer was the first of her career, and she was in disbelief as she rounded the bases.
“I think Lauren was more shocked than any of us,” Ward said. “We have been telling her she can hit the ball out, and she got it. It was great seeing the joy in her face.”
The Eagles (15-4) scored their only run in the bottom of the fifth when senior Laurie Short ripped a solo home run to center field. Bishop though struck out the other three batters in the inning.
Bishop scattered four hits over seven innings. Hailey Farlow took the loss for Snow Hill.
North Caroline’s Lauren Williamson returns to the dugout in disbelief after she hit a two-run home run in the Bulldogs’ Bayside Championship victory over Snow Hill Tuesday, May 9.