SOPHIA — The Person County Little League 10U All-Stars needed something good to happen Monday after a rough debut game in the North Carolina Little League State Tournament.
One monstrous inning took care of that.
Person County erupted for 13 runs in the second inning and coasted from there to a 14-4 win against Northwest Forsyth in an elimination game Thursday at New Market Park in Randolph County.
The PC All-Stars faced Chase Tuesday night in another elimination game, but results were unavailable at press time. If the Person County team pulls off another win, it will face Rowan County Wednesday in a rematch of Saturday’s opening-round game. Rowan raced out to a big, early lead and rolled to a 16-4 victory.
Person County coach Jay Carver is hoping that his girls get another shot at Rowan.
“To me, (Rowan County) looks more like an all-star travel team than a (Little League) team,” Carver said. “We’ll try to hang in with them and keep our heads high and attitudes positive. I think if our pitching is there, we can play with anybody. We have a good defense, too. You didn’t get a chance to see too much of it tonight with the score like it was.”
Person County spotted Northwest Forsyth two early runs before exploding in the second.
The girls in blue brought 17 batters to the plate, had eight hits and had a stretch of nine consecutive players reach base safely.
The only player in Person County’s lineup not to score in the inning was Makayla Wrenn, but the team’s second-place hitter did plenty of damage. She had two hits in the second, including a bases-loaded double to score three. Wrenn also doubled in the first inning. The bottom half of the second inning lasted more than 25 minutes and included two Gatorade breaks for Northwest Forsyth’s pitcher and catcher.
“What was most surprising is that we scored six of them with two outs,” Carver said. “I’m just so proud of all of our girls. They stepped up and did what they were supposed to.”
That was more than enough run support for pitcher Macey Bowes.
Bowes surrendered just four runs on three hits, while striking out nine.
She also had a good night at the plate with two doubles in the second inning and three RBIs.
For the game, Person County pounded out 10 hits.
Ninth-place hitter Alayna Myers scored in all three plate appearances, including a two-run single in the second.
Pressley Carver and Callie Shepherd also had basehits, while leadoff hitter Victoria West finished 2-for-4 with three RBIs. West doubled home Myers in the fourth inning to push the lead to 10 runs and end the game.
Carver was thrilled with how his team battled to stay alive in the tournament.
“Our morale was different,” Carver said. “We had to play early Saturday morning and everybody had to leave Roxboro at 6:30 or 7 o’clock for a 10 o’clock game and it showed. They were sluggish and just couldn’t get into the momentum of the game. They really responded and I’m very proud of how they were able to turn their attitudes around.”