Jun 2, 2012
Wilson Beddingfield held on to post a 3-2 victory over Madison on Saturday afternoon in the second and final game of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 2-A softball championship series.
The win gave Beddingfield its first NCHSAA state softball title in a sweep of the series in two straight tight games, finishing a 28-4 season.
The Bruins took a 1-0 lead in the first on a run-scoring double by Jenna Pate, and then made it 2-0 in the fourth.
Madison cut it to 2-1 in the fifth on a single by Hannah Anders that drove in a run, but Beddingfield answered in the home half of the frame on an RBI single by Candace Wilkins. Wilkins also had a great diving catch in the outfield that saved a run.
Jessica Roberts of Madison knocked in a run to make it 3-2 in the seventh, but that was as close as the Lady Patriots could get. Jenna Pate was the winning pitcher, giving up just three hits while striking out two and walking one, while Allie Leake was charged with the loss.
In the opening game earlier on Saturday, freshman Caroline Smith drove home Nickie Womble with the winning run to lift Beddingfield to a 1-0, 10-inning triumph.
Brooke Jones was the winning pitcher for Beddingfield, striking out 11 and limiting Madison to four hits while improving her record to 13-1. Jones was named as the Most Valuable Player of the championship series. Leake was the losing pitcher, fanning eight.
Ashley Warren had three hits for Beddingfield in the first game and Smith had two. Jessica Roberts had two of the Lady Patriots' four hits.
Madison closed the season with a 23-5 record in the most successful season in school history.
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