Erwin’s 10-and-under softball team trailed Western Harnett 1-0 in the Tar Heel District IV final when play was halted due to rain and lightning on Thursday. But the home team rallied to win 4-1 when play resumed on Friday.
Sydney Bradham got the win in the circle for Erwin. She pitched the entire tournament, earning wins in all three outings. After struggling a bit on Thursday, allowing one run on three hits in two innings, she didn’t allow a single batter to reach base in four innings on Friday, racking up nine strikeouts in the contest.
Though Western fell short, the team’s performance improved considerably after a 10-1 loss to Erwin in the opening game. They bounced back with a 9-5 win over Parkwood on Wednesday.
Play resumed with two outs in the bottom of the second and Erwin up to bat. Charlie Beasley reached with a base hit and came around to score to tie the game.
Erwin took the lead in the third after Megan Harrold led off with a hit and came around to make it 2-1.
Beasley delivered again in the fourth with a home run to make it 3-1. Leigha Roberts tacked on the final run later in the inning after being hit by a pitch.
Erwin will have a short turnaround to prepare for the state tournament, which begins on Thursday in Currituck. Members of the team are: Charley Beasley, Adison Bowden, Sydney Bradham, Peyton Dunn, Grace Foisy, Megan Harrold, Mackenzie Lucas, Pasleigh Lucas, Leigha Roberts and Bryleigh Smith.
The 10-and-under baseball tournament suspended play until Monday. Erwin athletic director Don Wilson had workers focus on preparing one field to ensure that the softball tournament got done in plenty of time.
Erwin baseball was leading Western Harnett American 10-1 in the bottom of the first in an elimination game. The winner will advance to play Sandhills in the final, needing a pair of wins to win the district championship and advance to the state tournament, which will be played in Clayton and Smithfield.