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Gandy’s two blasts help lead Lady Knights past Westwood

Posted: March 13, 2017 3:36 p.m.
Updated: March 14, 2017 1:00 a.m.

North Central built a seven-run lead by the fourth inning and then held on for an 8-6 win over in-county rival Camden in a girls’ softball game played last Wednesday in Camden.

The two-run victory was the meat in a three-game week sandwich for Mike Grigsby and company which opened with a loss to Andrew Jackson before closing the set on a high note in taking down 4A Westwood on Thursday.

NC (7-2) kicked off its regular season slate with an 8-2 loss against visiting Region 4-AA foe Andrew Jackson in Boonetown.

The visiting Lady Volunteers used a pair of NC errors to score two runs in the top of the first and never looked back as the guests used 11 hits to do their offensive damage.

The Lady Knights were led by Abby Outlaw, Kali Tomlin, and Julianne Outlaw who each collected two hits each while Peyton Holley rounded out the seven-hit attack. Tomlin and Juianne Outlaw each drove in a run while Holley and Abby Outlaw came across for the hostesses.

One day later, the Lady Knights were the ones jumping out to a 2-0 lead after the top half of the first inning against Camden thanks to doubles off the bats of Holley and Tomlin.  

NC tacked on four more runs in the third on a single by Madison Dixon, a Kynlee Cobb walk and a little help from Camden’s defense.  

Camden came back to close the gap to 7-5 in the fourth inning which included a triple off the bat of  Christian Welch, a double by Davia Stuckey and a pair of NC miscues in the field.

After each side scored a run in the sixth to make it an 8-6 North Central lead, Abby Outlaw came in to shut down the Lady Bulldogs in the bottom of the seventh to earn her first save of the year.  

Holley pitched the first five frames, allowing three unearned runs before giving way to Outlaw, who finished the game.

North Central received multiple hits from Greer Beckham, Tomlin and Dixon with Tomlin leading the way with three hits in four at-bats.

Camden was led by Welch and Madison McNeil who each collected two hits.

Things were not so close one night later as Grigsby and company banged out 14 hits, including a pair of home runs from Holley, in a 17-1 win over visiting Westwood.

Holley, a freshman, had a five-RBI night as she belted a grand slam and a solo home run to lead the Lady Knights.

The Lady Redhawks scored an unearned run in the first inning which NC responded to by scoring 17 unanswered runs.

Cobb, Abby Outlaw, Julianne Outlaw and Dixon each had multi-hit nights for the winners who had Abby Outlaw inside the circle.   

Due to inclement weather, NC’s scheduled Monday night game at Westwood was pushed back to April 24. 

The Lady Knights will travel for conference games at Lee Central and Cheraw on Wednesday and Friday night, respectively. Starting time is 6 p.m. for both games

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