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Lady Knights end tough week with a tough defeat

McBee used an RBI single in the bottom of the seventh to defeat hosts North Central, 6-5, in the final game of the Beat Cancer With a Bat softball tournament played Saturday at the Larry Doby Athletic Complex in Camden.

NC jumped to a quick 1-0 lead in the top of the first after Ciara Black singled on a 3-2 count to drive in a run. 

McBee tied the game at 5-5 by answering a Lady Knight run in the top of the fifth with three runs of its own in the bottom half of the frame. NC’s run came when Rhi Hendrix singled on the first pitch of her at-bat, scoring one run and an error scored another run. 

Abby Outlaw was in the pitcher’s circle for the Lady Knights. The Coker College signee went six and a third innings, allowing six runs on 10 hits, striking out two and not issuing a walk. 

Julianne Outlaw led North Central offense with four hits in four at-bats while Hendrix had one hit while driving home three runs. 

The tournament loss to McBee came after Mike Grigsby’s girls dropped a pair of Region 4-AA games earlier in the week.

On Friday, Chesterfield came to Boonetown and left with a 7-5 win after holding off a furious three-run rally by the hostesses in the bottom of the seventh.

NC scored three runs in its final at-bat on a double by Peyton Holley, a double by Julianne Outlaw and a single by Hendrix. 

The Lady Knights lost despite out-hitting Chesterfield, 12-8. 

Chesterfield got things started by scoring a pair of runs in the top of the first. North Central knotted the game up at two in the bottom of the first inning when Julianne Outlaw doubled on a 1-0 count to score two runs. 

Chesterfield tacked on a run in the third, two more in the fourth and one run in each of the sixth and seventh frames to lead, 7-2. 

Abby Outlaw went seven innings, allowing seven runs on eight hits, striking out 10 batters without issuing a walk.

Offensively for the hostesses, Holley, Abby Outlaw and Julianne Outlaw all had two-hit nights with Julianne Outlaw driving in three runs.

Two nights earlier, visiting Central scored three runs in the top of the 11th to hold off the Lady Knights, 7-4, in a game knotted at two after seven innings. Each side scored twice in the 10th frame.

The game was tied at four in the top of the 11th when Central’s McKensie Arant doubled on a 2-0 count, scoring one run. 

North Central lost despite out-hitting Central , 10-8. 

The Lady Knights broke a scoreless tie with two run in the home half of the fifth with a Holley single driving in one of the two runs. Central evened things with a pair in the top of the sixth.

In the 10th, Julianne Outlaw clubbed a two-run blast to answer a two-run Central top of the 10th to even things at 4-4 and send the contest into the 11th frame in which the visitors scored three times.

Abby Outlaw went all 11 innings for NC, yielding eight hits while striking out six. She also had a pair of hits.

Also having two hit games for the Lady Knights were Holley, Madison Dixon, and Julianne Outlaw.