High school softball: Season ends for Falcons
WEAVERVILLE — West Rowan ended its softball season on Friday with a 3-2 loss at North Buncombe.
It was the last high school game for senior starters Taylor Walton, KK Dowling, Allison Ennis, Caylie Keller and Megyn Spicer.
West (12-3) came back from an early 2-0 deficit to tie, but the Black Hawks (15-0) answered with the deciding run in the bottom of the sixth.
North Buncombe advanced to the regional round and will play the winner of Saturday’s Alexander Central-East Rowan game.
North Buncombe used a double, a single and some aggressive baserunning to score twice in the bottom of the first.
West was held to one hit in the first three innings, but Brooke Kennerly hit a solo homer in the fourth. Dowling followed with a double, but the Falcons couldn’t get her home.
In the top of the sixth, Kenadi Sproul walked, stole second and third and scored on a sacrifice bunt by Emma Clarke to make it 2-all, but North Buncombe used a single, an error and a passed ball to score the decisive run in the bottom half .
West went down 1-2-3 in the seventh.
Kennerly had two of West’s three hits.
Walton struck out 10, walked two and allowed five hits.
North Buncombe pitcher Karylyn Pickens struck out 11 and walked two.