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Cook throws 1-hitter in playoff victory

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By Staff Report

 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.

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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.