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Stalling got the win, giv­ing up three earned runs on six hits with two walks and two strike­outs in four in­nings. Pettigrew threw one in­ning of re­lief, walk­ing two bat­ters and strik­ing out one.

Fri­day morn­ing, the Lady Ram­blers found them­selves on the wrong end of a 1-0 pitch­ers’ duel against Hamp­ton and South Carolina com­mit Sky­lar Tra­han.

Stalling stood toe-to-toe with Tra­han for seven in­nings be­fore fi­nally giv­ing up her first and only two hits of the game in the top of the sev­enth. Hamp­ton scored its only run on an Rbi-dou­ble by E’mya Mun­ford.

Stalling gave up just the one earned run. She walked two bat­ters and struck out three. Tra­han fanned 16 Lady Ram­blers on the day and al­lowed just one base run­ner. That came in the bot­tom of the fourth on a one-out dou­ble by Yancy.

How­ever, Tra­han would strand Yancy at sec­ond be­fore set­ting down the last 11 Lafayette hit­ters in or­der to polish off the com­plete-game win.

What be­came Lafayette’s fi­nal game of the week­end was played late Fri­day night as 2017 Class AAAA state cham­pion North­side-colum­bus ended the deep­est state play­off run in LHS fast­pitch soft­ball his­tory with a 5-0 vic­tory.

The Lady Pa­tri­ots scored one run in the first in­ning and added two more in the top of the sec­ond be­fore tack­ing on a pair of in­sur­ance runs in the top of the sev­enth.

Lafayette would have its chances to

score, none bet­ter than in the bot­tom of the first when they left run­ners at both sec­ond and third base. The Lady Ram­blers would leave one run­ner on in four of the next six in­nings, but could not come through with a timely hit.

Howell went 2-for-3, while Stalling and Sam Ad­kins each had one hit. Stalling’s hit was a dou­ble.

Pettigrew threw all seven in­nings, giv­ing up three earned runs on eight hits with four walks and seven strike­outs. Lafayette’s de­fense also com­mit­ted a pair of er­rors.

The Lady Ram­blers closed out the year with a 19-10 over­all record.

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