West Stanly softball reaches Elite Eight with road win
The No. 8 seeded Colts handed the Panthers the team’s first loss of the season while staying undefeated with a 9-1 win.
Jordan Hatch earned her 16th win on the mound for the 16-0 Colts, allowing one earned run on five hits with three walks and nine strikeouts.
Leadoff hitter Rachel Efird had a big night for West going 3-for-5 with a double and three RBIs. Carmen McRae added three hits, including a solo home run, while Ashlyn Hughes and Lillian Hartsell each drove in two runs.
Efird and Hughes put the Colts up for good in the top of the second with a pair of two-RBI doubles in a four-run inning.
West added three runs in the third, including Hartsell’s two-RBI single.
The Colts will travel to No. 4 West Wilkes Friday night for a third-round matchup. The Blackhawks (16-0) advanced with a 4-3 win over No. 5 Smoky Mountain.