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Tournament Champs

Softball | Camden holds off Nansemond-Suffolk Academy for Albemarle Easter tournament title

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The Camden County High School softball team celebrates after defeating Nansemond-Suffolk Academy 2-0 in the Albemarle Easter softball tournament championship game, Monday, April 22, 2019 at John A. Holmes High School in Edenton.

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By Malcolm Shields
Sports Editor

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

EDENTON — There have been few games this season in which the Camden softball team had been tested.

Monday night's contest against Nansemond-Suffolk Academy in the first Albemarle Easter tournament championship game would serve as another test for the Bruins.

In a matchup of two 1-loss teams, Camden held off Nansemond-Suffolk Academy 2-0 to capture the Albemarle Easter tournament crown at John A. Holmes High School.

Camden coach Charles Nash said that it was big to win the first Albemarle Easter softball tournament.

He added that Nansemond-Suffolk Academy (14-2) was a good team.

The coach added that he joking told the team that the trophy and championship t-shirts were going back to Camden for at least a year.

His Bruins followed through on his prediction.

Camden (19-1) led off the first inning with an infield hit by Kamryn Nash.

A pair of steals moved Kamryn Nash to third base.

She would score on a Briana Bratton ground out to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead.

For most of the game, it was a pitcher's duel between Camden's Hailey Bunting and Nansemond-Suffolk Academy's Reese Byrd.

Both pitchers went seven innings.

Byrd finished with nine strikeouts and gave up only four hits.

Bunting had a strong outing against a solid NSA lineup as she faced the minimum three batters in four of the seven innings she pitched.

Bunting finished with three hits surrendered with 10 strikeouts and forced the Saints into 10 flyouts during the contest.

Coach Nash noted that he preaches to Bunting the need to hit her spots in the strike zone, get pop ups and ground balls.

“She pitched and battled,” coach Nash said. “She pitched a great game.”

Camden added a run in the seventh on a RBI double by Bratton to center field that scored Kamryn Nash.

The scoring opportunity was set up by an error on a dropped pop up to NSA's shortstop.

The win against one of the top ranked teams from the Commonwealth of Virginia has value for the Bruins.

Coach Nash noted that beating a team like NSA is what Camden has to do in order to have a chance to win a state championship.

“You got to be able to beat a team like that,” he said.

Camden now turns its focus to the postseason as the Albemarle Athletic Conference tournament begins Tuesday.

As the regular-season champion, Camden will have a bye into Wednesday's conference semifinal round.

The coach credited the staff at John A. Holmes for hosting the tournament and getting the field ready after a storm came across the area late Friday night and into early Saturday morning.

“It was a great tournament,” coach Nash said. “We enjoyed it.”

John A. Holmes 5, Bertie 4: The Lady Aces rallied in the late innings to defeat the Falcons in the third-place game of the Easter tournament Monday evening.

The Lady Aces (10-11) broke a 4-4 tie in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Maggie Bunch opened the frame with a leadoff triple.

With one out, Jaycee Pierce sent a fly ball into the outfield that was caught.

With Bunch tagging up from third, she was able to slide under the tag attempt by the Bertie catcher at home plate on the throw from the outfield to give the Aces their first lead of the game.

Bunch went 2-for-3 with a run scored in the game.

Edenton trailed 4-3 after the fourth inning and its rally started with some fortune.

With two out and a runner at second base in the bottom of the fifth, Edenton’s Hannah Pippins sent a fly ball into center field.

The Bertie center fielder dropped the ball, which allowed Jhasi Gilliam to score from second to tie the game.

Bertie (9-10) took a 1-0 lead in the first on a RBI double by Elizabeth Eure.

The Falcons led off the the third with a triple by Lindsey Dickens.

She would score on the squeeze play on Alyssa Byrum's bunt to give Bertie a 2-0 lead.

Bertie went up 3-0 following a Stephanie Castelloe RBI single.

Edenton rallied in the bottom of the third with three runs.

The big hit came off the bat of Pippins who collected a 2-run single to tie the game at 3-3.

Before her hit, Bertie walked in a run with the bases loaded.

Pippins went 2-for-2 in the game.

Bertie retook the lead in the fourth on a RBI double by Dickens.

Dickens went 2-for-4 in the game, while Eure went 3-for-4 for the Falcons.

Edenton's Charity Stallings pitched a complete game, while Bertie's Byrum pitched six innings.

Perquimans 7, Pamlico 2: A three-run fifth inning paced Perquimans (17-4) to the win in the fifth-place game at the Easter tournament Monday afternoon at John A. Holmes.

With one out and trailing 2-1 in the fifth, Perquimans put down back-to-back bunt singles by Megan Denson and Kaileigh Nixon.

On a bunt attempt by McKayle Knapp, the Pamlico fielder at first base looked to throw to first base to record the out, but the base was not covered.

Instead she threw to third. The ball got away, which allowed Denson to score to tie the game at 2-all.

Faith Christian gave Perquimans the lead for good on a two-run single to put PQ up 4-2.

Denson, who went 2-for-3 in the game, hit a RBI single in the sixth to increase the Pirates’ lead to 5-2.

Perquimans added two more runs in the seventh.

Perquimans took a 1-0 lead in the first on an Abby Todd RBI single.

Pamlico County (9-7) tied the game at 1-all after a wild pitch by Christian allowed a Pamlico base runner to score from third.

The Hurricanes brought home another run to take a 2-1 lead.

Christian pitched a complete game for the Pirates as the sophomore posted four strikeouts for the win.

Pamlico’s Lindsey Potter also pitched seven innings,

John A. Holmes 9, Northeastern 0: The Lady Aces (9-11) defeated the Lady Eagles in 4 ½ innings in the first game of the final day of the tournament.

Northeastern was supposed to play Suffolk Christian Academy (Va.) instead of the Lady Aces in the seventh-place game, but Suffolk Christian did not make the trip to Edenton to play the game.

Edenton played two games Monday.

The Lady Aces scored five runs in the first inning.

Two of those runs scored on a Brianna Griffin 2-run home run to cap the five-run frame.

Edenton scored a run in the third and three more runs in the fourth.

Holmes’ Maggie Bunch pitched five innings in the circle to earn the win.

Dyamond Lyles had a double for Northeastern (5-11).

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