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JV softball team loses to Forsyth varsity

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By Sam Hickman, Sports Correspondent

Sam Hickman
Beacon Correspondent
The West Brunswick junior varsity softball team dropped its finale in the Touchstone Energy Beach Diamond Invitational 16-8 against East Forsyth’s varsity.
In the game April 3, Courtney Chappell led the Trojans offensively with a pair of hits, including a three-run home run in the third inning. She also had a single.
Sumner Russ walked three times and was hit by a pitch. She scored twice.
Ti’Erra Davis, Dalys Rhyne, Randaisa Daniels and Abby Fulford each collected a hit for West, which dropped all three of its tournament games against varsity competition.
Rhyne pitched a complete game in the losing effort. The sophomore allowed nine hits and walked seven. She struck out two. She gave up two home runs.
West Brunswick, unbeaten this season against JV competition, resumes its regular-season schedule when it travels on Friday to Whiteville for a conference game.

West JV loses to Victor
The Victor High School varsity scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to beat the West Brunswick junior varsity 11-10 April 2 in a second-round game of the Touchstone Energy Beach Diamond Invitational.
West trailed 5-3 entering the top of the fifth but scored seven runs in taking a 10-5 lead.
In the inning, Randaisa Daniels reached on a bunt and Abby Fulford singled. Alysha Cortes singled, driving in a run, and a error left runners on third and second. With one out, Courtney Chappell singled home a run to tie the score 5-5. After Jordan Clemmons walked, loading the bases, Christian Strickland singled through the left side of the infield, driving home a run. Sumner Russ reached when a Victor outfielder dropped a flyball. A run scored on the play, extending the West lead to 7-5.
Ti’Erra Davis was safe on an infield single, and that scored a run and left the bases loaded.
With two outs, Fulford was safe on a fielder’s choice, and a run scored. With the bases loaded, Cortes walked, forcing home the run that put West ahead 10-5.
Victor scored twice in the sixth to cut the lead to 10-7.
In the bottom of the seventh, three straight singles scored a run, and an error on the third single left runners on third and second. Another West error allowed Victor to cut the lead to 10-9. With one out, a walk loaded the bases. Victor tied the score on a wild pitch and won the game on a hit to short right field that dropped between two players.
—Michael Paul