North Stokes started their second round state playoff game on Friday, but finished the 1-0 win over Murphy the next day after the contest was suspended because of weather.
“I thought we played good against a very solid team,” said Viking coach Jeff Frye. “Sierra (Hubbard) did a great job for us on the mound. I don’t really think the suspended game affected us too much because we still came out with the same intensity. The main thing is to continue to make plays on defense and put the ball in play when we are batting.”
The Vikings threatened to score in the second stanza when they had runners on second and third with one out, but a line drive by Hubbard and a fly ball by Sarah McBride ended the inning scoreless.
North put base runners on every inning, but couldn’t advance them to home. The game was halted in the fifth inning on Friday with the score knotted at zero. When the contest resumed on Saturday, the Vikings plated the only run of the game. Carley Gravely reached on a single with one out and then was sacrificed over to second by Reid Hawkins. Autumn Martin doubled scoring Gravely easily from second for 1-0 lead.
The Bulldogs made things interesting in the seventh inning when they put runners on first and third with two outs. Hubbard got out of the jam when she forced a fielder’s choice to end the inning and the game.
Gravely led the Vikings with two hits and one run scored, while Lora Wood smashed two hits and Martin and Sydney Mabe tallied the other two hits for North. Hubbard scattered four hits, with no runs, three walks, and earned five strikeouts.
The Vikings improved to 21-3 and the Bulldogs ended their season 15-7. North experienced another rain suspended game on Tuesday against Polk County with the Vikings up 13-1 in the bottom of the first inning. As of Tuesday evening, the day and time to continue has not been announced.
Robert Money can be reached at 336-749-1193.