This was one that the Mount Airy softball team might have preferred to just take a pass on.
What had been a tough season has gotten better of late for the Lady Bears, who entered their Senior Night contest on Tuesday night having won three of their last four games, routing Statesville (19-0), Atkins (10-0) and Bishop McGuinness (24-6) with only a narrow 9-6 loss to Walkertown spoiling things. Clearly, Mount Airy has improved of late, and that was only reiterated when Statesville decided to take a powder on a second game that had been scheduled for last Thursday night.
But none of those teams were the caliber of North Stokes, which has already locked up the Northwest 1A Conference title and has bigger and better things in its sights. The Lady Vikings (16-1, 9-0), the state’s fifth-ranked 1A team according to MaxPreps.com, handed the Lady Bears a 15-0 defeat over four innings on Tuesday.
Mount Airy (5-14, 4-5) held its own for two innings, but an eight-run third inning opened the floodgates for North Stokes, which continued to score in the fourth and brought an early end to the game. North Stokes hammered out 15 hits, with Emma Petree collecting three, and Cheyenne Priddy, Chandley Garner, Lora Wood, Emily Evans and Sierra Hubbard each getting a pair of knocks.
The Lady Bears complete their regular season this evening at East Surry. Conference tournament play begins on Monday, and the Lady Bears will likely open at home against Bishop that day.