SPARTA — In the second round of the 1A North Carolina High School Athletic Association softball playoffs, the Starmount Rams faced a familiar foe. The Lady Rams traveled up the mountain to take on the Alleghany Trojans in an intense game. Starmount was able to play tough and stick with the Trojans, but Alleghany was able to pull away to take a 4-3 win over the Rams.
In the first and second innings, both teams had impressive defensive performances. Starmount was able to get three-up three-down in the bottom of the first inning and the Rams had started off on the right foot in the field. The Rams were able to advance a runner to first in the second inning as Shea Triplett singled to right field, but she was unable to round the bases as Alleghany found the third out.
The Trojans also were able to find a hit in the second inning, but Starmount once again came up big in the field. On an Alleghany bunt, Lela Stringer was able to turn a double play to clear the bases. Kayla Vanhoy played a ground ball from the mound for the third out of the inning.
For the next several innings, both teams were at a gridlock as runners were able to get on base but they couldn’t make it to home plate.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, Alleghany was able to break the scoring drought with a two-run home run over the center field fence. As the game was heading to the final innings, Starmount was not about to let up easy on its opponents.
The sixth inning saw the Rams battle to tie the game, 2-2. Kennedy White was walked and courtesy runner Deanna Laws was brought in. On the next play, Laws was brought around the bases to score on as Emma Greene hit a double to right field. Two outs were on the board and the tying run was on third base as Greene stole to put herself in better scoring position. Triplett was able to score Greene with a single to third base, and the Rams had successfully tied the game.
The Trojans put two runs on the board in the bottom of the inning, as they took a 4-2 lead over Starmount. The Rams had one inning to turn the tide in their favor. The Rams had two outs on the board, but they didn’t give up. The Rams put runners on base as Vanhoy walked and Finney singled. Abbey Johnson stepped up to the plate, and on a 2-0 count she hit a double to the shortstop, which brought Vanhoy across the plate.
Starmount had the bases loaded as Greene was intentionally walked. The Rams were unable to score the tying run as Alleghany caught the third out and took a 4-3 win over Starmount.
The Lady Rams end their 2018 season with an overall record of 11-10, and a conference record of 9-5.