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STANHOPE — The Southern Nash High varsity softball team had its 12-game winning streak snapped in the first of two contests at home Thursday with a 1-0 loss to Clayton before rebounding with a decisive 15-6 victory over Nash Central.
Southern Nash’s last loss came against another Johnston County school, Cleveland, on March 13.
Versus the Comets, junior Carrigan Ewers picked up the loss for the Ladybirds after she pitched the distance and allowed four hits. She struck out eight and walked one. The Lady Comets (19-2) of the 3-A Greater Neuse River Conference. picked up a run in the top of the fifth inning on a groundout. The Ladybirds had a chance to respond in the bottom of the fifth when sophomores Ricki Bartley and Anna Strickland both singled, but Clayton was able to throw out the tying run at the plate.
Against Nash Central, the result allowed Southern Nash, which has already clinched the 3-A Big East Conference championship, to depart with a 16-3 record. Nash Central, affiliated with the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference, dropped to 3-11.
The Ladybirds struck for 13 runs in the first three innings and added the finishing touch with a pair in the bottom of the sixth. Seven Ladybirds scored in the second.
Taylor Bailey, Alissa Bailey, Elisabeth Collie, Kiersten Cooper, Anna Strickland and Ricki Bartley all banged out multiple hits for Southern Nash. Cooper and Carrigan Ewers handled the pitching duties.
The Ladybirds will close the regular season May 2 at North Johnston.
Score by innings:
Clayton 000 010 0 — 1
Southern Nash 000 000 0 — 0
Score by innings:
Nash Central 003 300 - 6
Southern Nash 373 002 — 15