Providence Grove’s Devon Kelly dives across the plate in front of Randleman’s Sarah Norton during last week’s Piedmont Athletic Conference softball game at Climax. Providence Grove won 4-0. (PJ Ward-Brown/Randolph Record)
Southwestern Randolph won its only softball game of the week but that meant a perfect regular season in Piedmont Athletic Conference play.
Maddie Strider hit a two-run homer as the Cougars topped host Uwharrie Carter Academy 13-1.
Southwestern Randolph (17-1 overall, 12-0 PAC) is the top seed for this week’s conference tournament.
** Eastern Randolph won 6-1 against visiting Providence Grove with winning Addie Flinchum homering. From the circle, Flinchum fired a one-hitter with 14 strikeouts and five walks.
Eastern Randolph rode Skylar Pugh’s four-inning no-hitter in a 17-0 romp past visiting Trinity.
** Providence Grove topped visiting Randleman 4-0 with Emma Mazzarone striking out 12 batters and Leela Von Der Hey with a double and a triple and driving in three runs.
** UCA was a 14-0 winner at Wheatmore with Kenzie Hill going 4-for-4 with a home run and double. Logan Zephir joined Hill with three runs batted in.
** Wheatmore’s Carmen Turgeon was the winning pitcher and had four runs batted in and three hits when the Warriors trounced host Trinity 16-2. Turgeon struck out 14.
Even with 10-0 and 10-1 romps past Montgomery Central last week, Asheboro finished fourth in the Mid-Piedmont Conference.
Ben Luck homered and tripled while driving in four runs and Davis Gore homered in the first matchup, with Connor Adams throwing a five-inning four-hitter.
In the rematch, Gore and Chandler Macon combined on a no-hitter, though Gore issued five walks and surrendered the lone run.
Tanner Marsh scored three runs and Josh Meadows knocked in three runs for Asheboro (11-10, 4-6).
** Piedmont Athletic Conference regular-season champion Randleman claimed a 6-1 victory at Northern Guilford in non-conference play in its lone game last week. Seth Way, who had a two-run double, pitched six innings and Shawn Miller rapped three hits.
The Tigers have geared up for the postseason without knowing if junior left-hander Drake Purvis will make it to the mound following offseason elbow surgery.
“He’s not back as far as in the games go,” coach Jake Smith said Monday. “He’s back throwing.”
It’s possible that Purvis could be available during the state playoffs, Smith said.
** Uwharrie Charter Academy won against Southwestern Randolph on back-to-back nights with 10-2 and 13-9 outcomes to secure a share of second place in the PAC. Ben Medinger scored five runs across those two games for UCA.
** Trinity split two games with last-place Eastern Randolph to tie with UCA for second place. There was Trinity’s 9-7 victory behind Cade Hill’s pitching and Walker Parrish’s two RBI and two runs scored. Later in the week, Eastern Randolph won 4-1.
** Providence Grove and Wheatmore split, each winning home games.
Providence Grove’s 6-3 victory came with Andrew Thomas pitching six innings and Josh Ward driving in two runs. Wheatmore won 6-5 with Payton Mooney driving in two runs.
In Wheatmore’s 10-0 victory against visiting Randleman, senior Summer Bowman became the school’s all-time leader in assists with 48.
** Southwestern Randolph defeated Trinity 2-1 on Lucy Griffin’s overtime goal.
** In the Mid-Piedmont Conference, Natalie Flores scored as Asheboro nipped visiting Montgomery Central 1-0 for its fourth victory in five games. Then came a 2-1 loss at Mid-Piedmont Conference co-leader Oak Grove.
Three PAC teams were slotted for the dual-team state playoffs, led by regular-season champion Trinity.
The dual team playoffs were set to start Wednesday after pairings were released Monday. Winners will advance to resume play next week.
Meanwhile, individual regionals are scheduled for Friday and Saturday.
In the team competition, Trinity will open with visiting West Stokes in Class 2-A PAC runner-up Southwestern Randolph visits Shelby Burns.
In Class 1-A, UCA goes to Bishop McGuinness in the first round.