Freshman's triple lifts SV in Game 1
Spartans one win away from state title
Jun. 07, 2014 @ 07:21 AM
The Sun Valley softball team moved to within one win of the 3A state title after freshman shortstop Courtney Dean hit a go-ahead RBi triple in the bottom of the sixth to score Hannah Adamcyzk and send the Spartans to a 6-5 victory over C.B. Aycock in Game 1 on Friday night.
Dean stepped to the plate after Admaczyk, a junior catcher, drew a one-out walk.
"I went to the plate confident because I had been hitting the ball well lately," Dean said of her approach in the final at-bat. "She was throwing outside pitches so I just kept my weight back and drove it that way."
Dean didn't waste any time in the at-bat as she sent the first pitch on a high line down the first base line.
The ball fell just in front of the outstretched glove of the Golden Falcon right fielder; it was Dean's second hit of the game.
"It's awesome," Dean said of the hit. "When I saw the ball come off the bat I was just hoping she wasn't going to catch it. Their outfielders played a heck of a game. When I saw it hit the ground I was like, 'holy crap.'"
Sun Valley fell behind early. Aycock scored two runs on Keeley Fulghum's single in the first and added another on the first of three Spartan errors.
The Spartans returned the favor in the bottom half of the inning by putting five runs on the board.
"It's the way the state championship game should be played," Spartans coach Rob Enloe said after the victory. "I'm so proud of my girls. To respond after giving up three in the first inning. We mounted five. Credit goes to both teams. It was a great game by both groups. We had a timely hit there at the end."
Dean got the early rally started with a single, followed by a single by pitcher Brittney Pickett.
Aycock pitcher Allie Phillips had a tough time finding the strike zone after that as she walked Payton Taylor and Abby Faircloth to score the Spartans' first run.
She followed that by hitting Courtney Layton to make it 3-2.
The Spartans built a cushion when Bailey DeHart dropped in a bloop single behind second base to score two runs and a third run came across on a throwing error to home plate for a 5-3 lead.
Enloe expected a high scoring game from the beginning so it didn't catch him off guard.
"I was looking for it to go into double digits both ways to be honest," Enloe said.
The Spartans committed errors in the second and third innings, helping the Falcons to tie the game at 5-all.
Pickett, a sophomore, overpowered most of the Falcons' hitters and ended her first state championship game with six strikeouts.
She held N.C. State signee Meredith Burroughs hitless (0-for-3 with a walk).