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Campaign closes for LC
SLOW ROLLER. Louisburg College third baseman Angelica Fontana attempts to retrieve a grounder during last weekend’s action at the annual Region X Softball Tournament, which was held in Aiken, S.C. (Photo Submitted)
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College carried plenty of momentum and optimism into last weekend’s action at the annual Region X Softball Tournament in Aiken, S.C.

But LC’s stay would be a short one as the Lady Hurricanes couldn’t extend their recent winning ways.

Heading into the tourney with nine consecutive victories, Louisburg dropped its first two matchups and were knocked out of the double-elimination format.

Last Friday, LC’s usually potent bats fell silent during a 2-0 loss against the University of South Carolina-Sumter.

Rebecca Norwood gave up just five hits and one earned run, but it wasn’t enough as Louisburg College collected just five hits, including two from outfielder Jessica Langley.

Franklinton native Morgan Tharrington, who closed out her strong LC career last weekend, reached base during each of her three plate appearances.

LC moved into a second-round contest Saturday against Aiken Tech, which dropped the Lady Hurricanes 7-1.

Both of Louisburg’s hits came in the sixth inning as Katrina Bartlett led off with a double and later came home on Tharrington’s RBI single.

“The biggest thing this year was consistency,’’ said LC head coach Don Stopa, whose squad ended with a 23-20 mark. “We had good pitching some games, but no hitting or defense. Most of the time we hit the ball pretty well. We just couldn’t consistently put together an all-around game enough times.

“At the tournament, we just didn’t make the adjustments at the plate that we needed to. We had a game plan, but we couldn’t follow it.’’

Norwood and Bartlett both earned All-Tournament honors.

Bartlett, an outfielder who led LC in batting average this season, has signed to continue her career at Winston-Salem State University.

Catcher Sommer Di Fulgo has signed with Norfolk State, and Tharrington is sorting out several offers to play on the four-year level.

LC has 10 freshmen with eligibility remaining, and Stopa would like to supplement that group with 10-15 players.

Pitching will be an off-season recruiting priority for Stopa, and he has already signed one touted hurler -- Megon Smith from Union High School near Clinton.

“We expect (Smith) to be really good for us,’’ Stopa said.

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