Softball and soccer both pick up wins

by Corbin Ensminger

March 12, 2014

LAURINBURG — The Scotland softball team swept Terry Sanford in a double-header on Tuesday to improve to 3-0 on the season.

Scotland won the first game 5-1 and the second 15-3. The Scots were supposed to play the first game in Fayetteville on Monday, but the field was unplayable so the schools decided to hold a double-header at Scotland.

Scotland coach Patrick Williams said he was pleased with his team’s performance.

“The ladies played well. With the games we had postponed due to the weather I was really impressed with their energy and enthusiasm.

It was the first game for the Scots since they opened the season on Feb. 26 at Union Pines. The Terry Sanford game was originally scheduled for March 4 and and a matchup with Cary Academy was set for March 5, but both games had to be put off because of the rain.

Avery Callahan picked up the win on the mound in the opening game for Scotland as she threw five innings while allowing just one hit and one walk. She hit one batter and struck out six. She also helped lead the hitting, as she went 3 for 3 for at the plate and scored a run.

Abby Bray also went 1 for 2 with a double and Nikki Hogan scored a run and had a hit.

Scotland cruised to a 15-3 win in game two. Kenleigh Callahan was the winning pitcher in game two, recording four innings of work while giving up one hit and three walks. She struck out four batters. Cameron Sharp came in for relief in the final inning and struck out two of the three batters she went up against.

The Scots play again Monday when Jack Britt comes to town. That game is set to begin at 7 p.m. Sharp went 2 for 3 and scored two runs. Ashlyn Dial also recorded a hit in the win. The Scots went to the plate 28 times as a team and finished with 12 hits and five walks. They also had two batters hit by pitches.

Scotland will play on the road against Jack Britt on Monday. That game begins at 5:30 p.m.

Soccer picks up first win of season

HOPE MILLS — The Scotland soccer team won its first game of the season Tuesday at South View High School, 3-1.

DeAnna McLaurin opened the scoring early and then Kaitlin Lewis added the second. Both came within the first five minutes of the game. Anna Lisa Ciarrocca made it 3-0 right before the halftime break.

Scotland coach Danny Gallagher praised his defenders — Anna Griswold, Patty Jones, Marina Tobias, Cierra Blackwell and Olivia Bateman — for keeping the team organized at the back.

“It was an organized and composed showing by the defense,” Gallagher said.

Scotland improves to 1-3 with the win, and will play another away game at Jack Britt on Friday.

The junior varsity team won 1-0 thanks to a goal by Camarie Stubbs that was scored with just 11 seconds left in the game.

“Both teams are starting to play well as I am able to identify each girl’s best position for the team,” Gallagher said. “Both teams worked extremely hard and were able to maintain high pressure throughout the game.”