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BHS Bests Southern Nash
PETE ROSE SLIDE. Southern Nash’s Amanda Wood (right) dives head-first into second base to complete a double as Bunn’s Victoria Dunston takes the throw during last Thursday afternoon’s softball showdown. (Times photos by Geoff Neville)
STANHOPE -- Bunn carried a two-pronged strategy toward a softball victory last Thursday afternoon against backyard, non-conference rival Southern Nash.

The Ladycats came up with some strong hitting and pitching -- all the while taking advantage of walks and some untimely Southern Nash errors.

The result was a Bunn going-away victory as the Ladycats were 8-2 winners at Ladybird Field.

BHS, coached by Melanie Lovin, is now 9-2 overall to go with a 3-1 league ledger.

The Ladycats went ahead for good with two runs in the top of the first as Alli Davis came through with a two-run base knock.

After SN scored once in the bottom of the stanza, Bunn pushed across a run in the third as Stephanie Williams tripled and came home courtesy of an RBI grounder from Parker Brantley.

The decisive stanza came in the top of the fifth as BHS scored four runs to pull away.

Heading into the frame, Bunn’s cushion was tenuous at two runs, but the Ladycats broke through thanks in part to three walks and three errors from Southern Nash.

With one out, Brantley reached on a walk, and Erica Davis followed with a deep double off the wall in center-field to put runners on second and third base.

Alli Davis then reached on an error, and both Brantley and Erica Davis sped home to score on the play.

After Charlotte Murphy got on base off another SN fielding mistake, the third error of the inning allowed two more Ladycats runners to score.

Until then, the Ladybirds had stayed close as Amanda Wood escaped a jam in the top of the fourth, leaving a pair of runners on base.

Southern then got a chance in the bottom of the fourth as Wood came through with a one-out double.

She went to third base on a grounder, but BHS pitcher Erica Davis got out of the jam by inducing a key strikeout.

Erica Davis went the distance on the hill for the Ladycats, allowing just four hits while striking out five.

Bunn will resume its Northern Carolina Conference slate this Friday at home with a 6 p.m. meeting against traditional power South Granville, which defeated BHS earlier in the season in Creemoor.

Next Tuesday, the Ladycats will remain at home to entertain the Southern Vance Lady Runnin’ Raiders -- also at 6 p.m.

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