The Watauga 10-and-under girls softball team came up short Wednesday night in a 1-0 loss against Ashe County and was eliminated from the District 2 Tar Heel Girls Fastpitch Softball Tournament at
With the win, Ashe County will play the Alleghany All-Stars in an elimination game tonight.
The contest featured a marvelous pitching dual. Ashe tallied three hits on the night; Watauga had two. Ashe County scored the game's only run in the first inning.
Kirkland Hudler scored on a fielders choice. Hudler advanced to third with a pair of stolen bases. Watauga had its chances, especially late in the contest.
They had runners on second and third with one out in the fifth and could not score;. Watauga stranded a runner on the third in the sixth.
Megan Powers of Ashe County got the win. She scattered two hits and struck out six batters. Katie Thompson was the tough-luck loser for Watauga. She only allowed three hits and struck out eight in the losing effort.
Hudler led Ashe County offensively going 2-2 with a pair of singles; Brooke Vannoy also had a single for Ashe County. For Watauga, Malia Bentley and Linley Garwood singled.
Three teams are left in the 10U bracket. Wilkes moves into the championship game by virtue of a 12-0 victory over Alleghany. Alleghany and Ashe face-off tonight at 5:30 for the opportunity to again face Wilkes County for the championship. The top two teams will advance to the Tar Heel League State Tournament, in Shelby, beginning July 17.
Wilkes American-Royal 11, Watauga American 0
Wilkes National-Navy 6, Watauga National 5
Watauga National 10, Wilkes American-Orange 9
Watauga National 14, Watauga American 3
(Watauga American eliminated)
Watauga did not play. They play Hickory tonight in Sparta in a winners bracket game at 5:30 p.m.
Ashe County 1, Watauga 0
Did not play. Plays Wilkes County tonite is District Championship at 6:00 in Boone.
GBR would like to thank Stephen Poulos, Bill Dicus and Jay Jackson for providing us with these results.