On paper , it appeared the third round 2A East softball playoff game between the Whiteville Wolfpack and the Washington Pam Pack would be a close contest. Multiple players with impressive offensive statistics indicated the possibility of a high-scoring affair. However, there is a saying in baseball and softball, “Good pitching will stop good hitting.” That was the case as Whiteville scratched out a 1-0 win over the Pam Pack.
Ivy Hayes was outstanding in the circle for Whiteville. Hayes allowed six hits, struck out 12 and did not walk a batter. Her Wolfpack teammates were flawless in the field as well.
Hayes escaped a third inning jam after giving up consecutive hits to the eighth and ninth batters in the Washington order. She retired the next three batters on two infield pop ups and a strikeout.
Whiteville scored the game’s only run in the fourth. Raeganne Sholar led off with a bunt single and Kiara Wilson followed with the same. Kourtney Grainger’s grounder was misplayed by the shortstop, allowing Sholar to score what turned out to be the game-winning run. Pam Pack pitcher Abbi Tucker struck out the next three batters to contain the damage.
Washington’s last scoring chance came in the sixth. Back-to-back singles followed a strike out. Hayes retired Washington clean up hitter and top RBI producer on strikes for the third time in the game for the second out. An infield single loaded the bases. Hayes ended the threat with her 11th strike out of the game.
Washington’s Abbi Tucker’s pitching performance was equally impressive. Tucker allowed just the two bunt hits in the fourth, struck out 10 and walked none.
Whiteville advances to fourth-round play at South Granville, the top seed in the East bracket. South Granville advanced with a 12-0 win over Midway.