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The West Brunswick softball team beat Triton 2-0 Friday in Shallotte in a first round game of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Class 3A state playoffs.
West (15-6) will play at Nash Central (19-1) on Tuesday (too late for this edition).
Senior Kim Cook pitched a one-hitter. She walked two batters and hit a batter. She struck out seven.
The Trojans scored their winning runs in the bottom of the fifth.
With one out, Nicole Phillips singled. Ariana Thomas followed with a double over the right fielder’s head. With two outs, senior catcher Hannah Stocks hit a two-run double.
The Trojans made many fine defensive plays in the victory.
In the second inning, first baseman Leilani Emile caught a low liner for the first out.
In the fourth, shortstop Abbey Dyson caught a low liner for the first out.
With two outs in the sixth, left fielder Bre Small made a catch over her head at the fence.
In the seventh, Cook caught a hard-hit ball at her stomach. She struck out the next two batters to end the game.