North Central could not have gotten off to a better start. Now, the Knights just have to work on the finish.
On an evening in which the North Central softball team could have called it a night --- and a season --- after trailing visiting St. Joseph's, 9-0, the Lady Knights made their guests and fans stick around for the long haul.
As hard as his team worked to score nine runs in the first two innings of Monday's District 1-A elimination game with visiting Williston-Elko, North Central baseball coach Robbie Cash was not about to let the effort go down the drain.
Cassady Robinson turned in her best pitching performance of the season as North Central downed Region 2 champion Wagener-Salley, 9-3, in Thursday's first round of the District 4-A softball tournament.
Doing everything but grabbing the brass ring on the merry-go-'round which was the base paths, North Central left the barn door open for Christ Church's horses to get loose.
While some players sign letters-of-intent to play sports at the college of their choice, when Brandon Faulkenberry decided to attend USC-Lancaster and play baseball at the school, he was guaranteed nothing.
First, it was the Kershaw County championship which they won last Thursday. Then, on Tuesday, the North Central boys track and field team captured the Region 3-A crown in a meet which they hosted in Boonetown.
North Central's District 1-A baseball tournament opening game at Williston-Elko, originally set for a 5 p.m. start tonight, has been pushed back an hour and to a new location due to Thursday morning's rainstorm.
The North Central softball team earned a state tournament berth which goes with it thanks to a 10-5 conference victory over Great Falls.
Both the North Central girls and boys track teams finished third in a multi-team meet at hosted by Lugoff-Elgin last Thursday night.
While the rest of their North Central teammates were going through their usual pre-game routine in preparation for Wednesday's Region 3-A game against visiting McBee, Grayson King and Andrew Galuppi were nowhere to be seen or found.
Recently, the North Central softball team has not been able to extend Chesterfield to a full seven-inning game.
How and when does a single trump a grand slam?
What's the best antidote for a three-game skid, how about a three-game win streak?
After a one-run loss to Lewisville last Friday night, the North Central softball team lost a pair of 15-0 decisions against Chesterfield and McBee, respectively, on Monday and Tuesday nights.