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Lady Knights kick off season by winning own tournament crown

Posted: February 26, 2018 2:59 p.m.
Updated: February 27, 2018 1:00 a.m.

NORTH CENTRAL WON the Survivor Division in Saturday’s sixth annual “Beat Cancer with a Bat” softball tournament held at Larry Doby Park in Camden. Pictured on the front row, from left, are Kali Tomlin, Kynlee Cobb, Madison Dixon and Peyton Holley. the back row is made up of Abby Catoe, Rhi Hendrix, Katlin Hall, Julianne Outlaw, Abby Outlaw, Tiara Preston and Ciara Black.

North Central played the role of rude hostesses as the Lady Knights won the Survivor Division of the sixth annual “Beat Cancer with a Bat” softball tournament played Saturday at Larry Doby Park in Camden.

The tourney, sponsored by Mid Carolina Credit Union, Chick fil-A, and the UPS Store, attracted 20 teams to Camden for an event organized by NC head coach Mike Grigsby and his softball program in Boonetown.

The tournament serves as a fundraiser for the NC softball team while a portion of the proceeds from the day are donated to the Relay for Life team at North Central. 

While the Lady Knights won the Survivor Division, Broome defeated Northwestern for the Fighter Division title. 

North Central went 4-0 on the day, defeating Walhalla, 5-4, in the championship pairing.

NC opened the day by defeating 4A Richland Northeast, 15-2.  Abby Outlaw, Peyton Holley, Julianne Outlaw and Ciara Black all drove in runs with hits for the winners with Abby Outlaw leading the way with six RBI including a grand slam and a pair of singles. Holley also drove in runs with a home run and a single. Abby Outlaw was also the winning pitcher.

In game two, the Lady Knights knocked around another 4A entry in a 10-2 victory over A.C. Flora with Kali Tomlin driving home five runs others collecting multiple hits were Julianne Outlaw and Black.  Abby Outlaw was, again, the winning pitcher.

NC advanced to the championship game with an 11-2 win over Oceanside Academy in a game in which the visitors jumped to a quick early lead before Holley’s double in the fourth put the home team on top as they cruised to the victory.

Again, NC had double-digit hits with Tomlin, Holley and Tiara Preston doing the bulk of the damage at the plate while Abby Outlaw won her third game of the day inside the pitching circle. 

The Survivor Division championship game with Walhalla was a close affair until the Lady Knights scored the winning run in the bottom of the sixth to take the walk-off victory.

Rhi Hendrix singled in the bottom of the sixth to knock in the winning run. Kynlee Cobb got the scoring started with a triple in the first inning to knock in the first run.  

Overall, NC had seven hits to back the pitching effort of Abby Outlaw, who picked up her fourth win of the young season.

Tomlin paced the Lady Knight hitters, batting .643 for the day while Julianne Outlaw batted .545. Abby Outlaw --- grand slam --- and Holley drilled home runs with Holley ending the day with eight RBI. Tomlin added seven while Abby Outlaw and Julianne Outlaw drove home six and five runs, respectively. 

Inside the circle, Abby Outlaw threw four complete games with a 2.23 earned run average while fanning 14 batters.  

“Each player played a big role in the victories,” Grigsby said of his team’s successful day. “The total team effort gets the start of the 2018 season off to a great start.”     


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