Motivated by an article in the Asheville newspaper, the Sun Valley softball team won the decisive Game 3 of its series against Enka in convincing fashion (8-0) on Friday. The Spartans will play Aycock for the state title next weekend.
Piedmont is now 14-1 in the playoffs over the last two seasons after Corey Sikes held Burns to two hits in a 6-2 home win on Friday. The Panthers got two hits each from Austin Harding and Colton Greene, and played error-free defense for the second game in a row.
Piedmont baseball coach Milt Flow praised the defensive play of Austin Harding in Tuesday's 3A state semifinal win, but it was the senior first baseman's home run swing in the fourth inning that has Unionville buzzing. The Panthers are leading the best-of-3 series 1-0 after the 1-0 win at Burns. Thursday's Game 2 was rained out and has been rescheduled for Friday (May 30) starting at 6 p.m. in Unionville.
Sophomore Brittney Pickett hit two home runs and freshman Coutney Dean added a solo homer in Wedesday's 8-5 win over Enka. The Spartans are in the state semifinals for the second time ever, and can get back to the state title series with a win on Friday.
Piedmont took a 1-0 series lead in their semifinal series with a 1-0 win at Burns. Austin Harding, a senior first baseman, co-starred with a solo home run in the fourth inning — the first homer of his high school career.
It's been 17 years since Sun Valley softball team won the state championship. The Spartans are in the midst of their deepest run since. They are playing Enka this week in the 3A state semifinal round. The best-of-3 series opens at Enka on Tuesday.