High school softball: Season ends for Falcons

Published 2:11 am Saturday, May 8, 2021

West Rowan’s Kenadi Sproul. Photo by Wayne Hinshaw, for the Salisbury Post.


Staff report

WEAVERVILLE — West Rowan ended its softball season on Friday with a 3-2 loss at North Buncombe.

It was the last high school game for senior starters Taylor Walton, KK Dowling, Allison Ennis, Caylie Keller and Megyn Spicer.

West (12-3) came back from an early 2-0 deficit to tie, but the Black Hawks (15-0) answered with the deciding run in the bottom of the sixth.

North Buncombe advanced to the regional round and will play the winner of Saturday’s Alexander Central-East Rowan game.

North Buncombe used a double, a single and some aggressive baserunning to score twice in the bottom of the first.

West was held to one hit in the first three innings, but Brooke Kennerly hit a solo homer in the fourth. Dowling followed with a double, but the Falcons couldn’t get her home.

In the top of the sixth, Kenadi Sproul walked, stole second and third and scored on a sacrifice bunt by Emma Clarke to make it 2-all, but North Buncombe used a single, an error and a passed ball to score the decisive run in the bottom half .

West went down 1-2-3 in the seventh.

Kennerly had two of West’s three hits.

Walton struck out 10, walked two and allowed five hits.

North Buncombe pitcher Karylyn Pickens struck out 11 and walked two.