WILMINGTON — Scotland’s softball team wasted no time getting ahead in its first round state playoff game on Wednesday, scoring six runs in the first two innings.
Scotland went on to win the game 7-4 to advance to the next round of the Class 4A playoffs. The Scots led 7-0 in the middle of the seventh inning, before Laney scored four in an attempted rally.
The visiting Scots came out on fire, scoring four runs in the first inning and adding two more in the second. Avery Callahan and Cameron Sharpe both hit solo home runs in the opening frame. Callahan also scored two runs in addition to her homer while Sharpe scored once more. Other leading hitters for Scotland were Kenleigh Callahan, who went 2-4, and Nikki Hogan, who went 1-3. The Scots added their seventh run in the top of the seventh inning.
Scotland coach Patrick Williams said he was extremely proud of his team’s effort Wednesday.
“The young ladies did a great job being aggressive right from the start and they played really well,” Williams said.
Scotland picked up 10 hits on the night while striking out four times.
Kenleigh Callahan was also the winning pitcher, while Avery Callahan picked up the save. The home team was shut out for the entire game until its final three outs. Williams said it was a sign to his team that they cannot afford to lose their focus.
“It’s just a matter of finishing, so we have to stay focused,” Williams said.
Now the Scots will move on to round two, where they will meet 22-0 Cape Fear. A No. 1 seed, Cape Fear defeated the wildcard team of Holly Springs 14-1 in five innings on Tuesday.
Williams said he faced Cape Fear in the regular season last year, so he is somewhat familiar with their team. It will be the second undefeated team Scotland has faced this month, after they fell to Richmond in the finale of the regular season. Richmond is currently 26-0 and won their first playoff game in five innings over Clayton, 10-0.
Williams said the Scots are ready for the game, which will be played on May 17.
“I look forward to the challenge,” Williams said.