Bulldogs’ season ends

Casey Mitchell singles in Princeton’s 2-1 loss at Louisburg last week in the third round of the 1A state softball playoffs. (Jim Exum photo)

BY MICHAEL HELD

Sports editor

LOUISBURG—The Princeton softball team did what it had done all year and put up a great fight, but in the end, the Bulldogs couldn’t pile up enough runs to defeat a tough Louisburg team, falling to the Warriors, 2-1.

Princeton (16-6) took the lead in the fourth inning. Hailey Woodall led the inning off with a single to right field and after Brianna Myers advanced Woodall to second base on a groundout, Casey Mitchell singled to get runners on first and third base with just the one out.

Woodall was then caught attempting to steal home but Meredith Wooten followed with a double that scored Mitchell.

Louisburg responded right away and knotted things back up in the bottom of the frame. Alexandra Edwards was hit by a pitch, advanced to second base before stealing third and was driven home by a Chelsea Roberson single.

The Warriors (18-4) grabbed the lead in the top of the fifth inning when Laine Barefoot led off with her fourth homerun of the season.

The Bulldogs created two more good chances to tie the game. First in the top of the fifth, Emily Ricks was thrown out at the plate trying to sneak home on Megan Bryant’s groundout to short. Then, in the top of the sixth inning when both Myers and Wooten singled, Barefoot recorded one of her eight strikeouts on the night to get the Warriors out of the jam yet again.

“We played really well,” said Princeton coach Terry Braswell. “We just had two plays at home plate that I thought should have scored but they made great plays at the plate and that was the game.”

Barefoot struck out the side in the top of the seventh on her way to her twelfth win on the season.

Princeton outhit Louisburg 7-5 on the night thanks to a strong pitching performance from Mitchell. However, the Bulldogs could not recover from stranding five runners and twice having runners thrown out at the plate as in Woodall’s steal attempt in the fourth and Ricks’ attempt in the sixth.

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