Powell’s bat comes up big in Stallion wins

Placed in proper perspective, Carson Powell’s lone single in South Columbus’ softball game with Fairmont Friday night was larger than either of her home runs on Wednesday. Powell’s two-out single to center drove in Alex Chestnutt with the contest’s only run as the Stallions defeated Fairmont 1-0.

South Columbus’ Anna Caroline Suggs was able to avoid first inning trouble with the aid of an inning-ending double play. Fairmont did not garner their first base hit until the sixth frame. The Golden Tornadoes were never able to advance a runner beyond second base after the first inning. Suggs struck out 11, walked one and hit a batter in the complete game win.

South’s Alex Chestnutt reached second base with two outs in the first inning on an error to set up Powell’s RBI. The Stallions were limited to just two hits by Fairmont pitching. The Stallions had another scoring opportunity in the sixth. Callie Sumner led off, reaching base on an error. Sumner stole second, but was called out for leaving the base too early. Hailey Sarvis followed with a triple. Sarvis remained at third as the next two Stallion hitters popped out.

South Columbus improves to 5-2 overall and 4-0 in Three Rivers play.

South Columbus’ Carson Powell was five for five with two home runs and six RBIs in the Stallions 20-6 win over Lawrenceville School (Lawrenceville, NJ). The Stallions collected 24 hits in the win. Alex Chestnutt and Hailey Sarvis banged out four hits each. Sarvis collected three triples. Chestnutt drove in five runs. Other South players collecting multiple hits were Madison Spencer, Taylor Turbeville and Ana Caroline Suggs.

Alexis Suggs started in the circle, pitching two scoreless innings. She was relieved by Libby Blosser to start the third frame after South had taken a 12-0 lead.

South Columbus returns to TRC play as it hosts Fairmont Friday.

In other non-conference softball action, Topsail handed Whiteville their first defeat 4-0. Ivy Hayes pitched well for the Wolfpack, striking out 11, allowing five hits and walking just one batter. Six Whiteville errors led to all four Topsail runs. Whiteville was held to two hits. Santana Best had a double and Kourtney Grainger added a single.

Whiteville’s Carlle Fulkerson struck out three and walked no one while limiting St. Pauls to two hits. The Bulldogs committed seven errors and Whiteville cranked out 10 hits including homers by Sage McLelland and Ivy Hayes, taking a 13-0 win on Friday. The Wolfpack scored in each of the first four innings to take the mercy-rule shortened win. Kourtney Grainger was three for three. Fulkerson contributed two hits, one a double. Santana Best collected two hits for Whiteville.

Red Springs dropped West Columbus 17-3.

East Columbus played at South Robeson. The Gators earned a nine-inning, 12-9 win.