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South Central loses series 2-0, ends season

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South Central's Izzy Moore winds up a pitch for a pitch against Jack Britt during the fifth inning of Game 2 of the NCHSAA 4-A Eastern Regional series on Friday, May 25, 2018, at Jack Britt High School. [Andrew Craft/The Fayetteville Observer]

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By: Jake Keator
The Daily Reflector

Saturday, May 26, 2018

No. 2 seed South Central softball ended its impressive run in the 4-A state playoffs on Friday night with a loss to No. 8 seed Jack Britt, 5-1. The Falcons lost the East Region finals series 2-0.

“This has been a great experience with these girls. We are a very young team, and you see them progress at the rate at which they have, their last few games weren't that good, but they did much more than I expected them too,” head coach Cotton Nicholson said reflecting on his teams season.

The Falcons (22-3) struggled most of the game to string together any offense. It was in the top of the fourth inning when the Falcons managed to string a couple hits together to break through. Down 3-0, Cam Davis hit a single to center field. The throw into second was botched by the Jack Britt second baseman, which allowed Davis to move into scoring position at second. Amya Evans then launched a hit into deep left-center, which allowed her to score Davis and get the Falcons on the board.

The loss marked the end of a career for seniors Davis and Hannah Bailey. 

Bailey, who joined the South Central team in 2016, finished with a .316 career batting average with the Falcons, along with 25 hits, 41 runs scored and 14 RBIs. 

“It’s been difficult (acclimating to a new school and team), but these girls took me in like I have been here all four years,” Bailey said about her time as a South Central Falcon.”To get this far, it took a team. It’s been a great experience for me,” 

Davis ends a career filled with awards and accolades. A four-time Eastern Carolina 3-A/4-A all-conference selection, team MVP and conference player of the year, Davis ends with a .486 career batting average, 155 hits, 116 runs, 183 RBIs and 31 home runs. She will be moving on to UNC-Pembroke, where her talent will likely continue to rise against a new level of competition.  

“I wanted it to end differently but overall, we did way better than I expected,” Davis said. “Coming into this year I knew we were young and this was a growing year, so for us to come this far, I couldn't ask for anything better for a senior year.” 

Nicholson called Davis and Bailey “great students and great individuals.” 

“They are great kids. You never hear of them doing anything a lot of kids today would consider wrong. They are great people. Great parents made them that way. We’re gonna miss them,” he said. 

The Falcons will return a majority of their team next season, which includes star freshman pitcher Isabel Moore, who threw for a 2.31 ERA this season with 111 strikeouts over 149 innings. Also returning will be junior shortstop Madison Deanes, who will now assume a larger role of leadership with the departure of Davis. 

Contact Jake Keator at 252-329-9594 or jkeator@reflector.com and follow @JakeKeatorDR on twitter. 

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