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Panthers softball advances, Pack falls late – Washington Daily News

Panthers softball moves forward, Pack runs late

Published 20:51 Wednesday May 15, 2024

Northside picked up its second straight victory in the 1A state tournament over a higher-seeded opponent with a 7-3 decision in Perquimans on Tuesday night.

Senior outfielder Taylor Willard’s three-run triple off the fence in the fifth inning broke a 3-3 tie and gave the Panthers the lead for good. Willard finished the night 4-4 with a pair of triples and four runs batted in.

“We didn’t let our deficit bother us and fought back to get the win,” coach Keith Boyd said. “Taylor’s hit was huge and Bella (Boykin) threw really well to keep us in the game. It was a real team effort and everyone stayed positive when we got down early.”

Willard led a 10-hit Northside attack, while Londyn Keech and Meaghan Hopkins each had two hits. Keenan Woolard and Boykin each scored two points.

The 13th-seeded Panthers (18-4) split two regular-season games with the fifth-seeded Pirates (20-9) during the regular season and advanced against top-seeded North Duplin (17-1) on Friday night.

Meanwhile, Washington’s softball season is over after a 2-1 loss at Martin Co.

Sixth-seeded Pam Pack trailed 1-0, but scored a run in the sixth to tie the score. #4 Martin Co. came back with a run in the bottom of the seventh to advance. WHS finished 18-4, while Martin Co. is 24-2.