Panthers softball cruises into third round

Amberlynn Pearce helped lead the North Johnston girls softball team advance to the third round of the NCHSAA 2A softball playoffs. (Michael Held photo)

BY MICHAEL HELD

Sports editor

KENLY—There will be stiffer competition coming soon for the North Johnston softball team but there was very little of it to be found in the first two rounds of the state 2A softball playoffs last week.

The Panthers (25-1) were absolutely dominant in defeating Hertford County, 26-0, in the opening round before sending Bertie County home with a 15-0 drubbing in the second round.

Against Hertford County, Amberlynn Pearce allowed just one hit while the Panthers collected 24 of their own. Lexi Godwin and Jada Santiago both hit homeruns as North Johnston scored 13 runs in the second inning alone before adding seven more the following inning.

Jordyn Scott led the way with four hits. Godwin, Arial Pearce and Santiago each added three hits while Blayke Batten, Lindsey Massengill, Amberlynn Pearce and Hannah Wall all posted multi-hit games as well.

The story was much of the same in the second round as Bertie County came to town Saturday night.

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