Orange 6, Roxboro Community School 4: On Monday night, Orange used power pitching and hitting to beat Roxboro Community School.
On Wednesday, the Lady Panthers utilized its finesse to beat the Bulldogs again.
Senior Carson Bradsher score three runs, aided by four stolen bases, as Orange defeated Roxboro Community 6-4 in Oak Grove on Wednesday night. Orange opened with two runs in the first and two more in the second inning to improve to 3-0 on the season.
Senior Serenity McPherson opened the game with a single to left field. McPherson rounded the bases when Bradsher grounded to the Roxboro Community shortstop, who threw the ball away. Bradsher eventually scored off a groundout by pitcher Caden Robinson. Katie Carden doubled for Orange in the first but was stranded at second.
Sadie Cecil led off the second inning with a triple that went to the centerfield wall. Savannah Wynne reached on a bunt to the pitcher. Cecil would score off a fielder’s choice by McPherson. With Bradsher at bat, McPherson advanced to third on a passed ball and would score off a wild pitch to increase Orange’s lead to 4-0.
Robinson, who struck out eleven against the Bulldogs in an 8-1 Orange win on Monday, threw the opening two innings in the rematch. Brianne Foster finished the game to earn her first career win. She gave up four runs on nine hits with two strikeouts.
Leading 4-1, Orange added a run in the fifth inning when Bradsher singled to left field, stole second, went to third on a wild pitch and scored after Hayleigh Hammond reached on an error. Robinson, who moved to right field after Foster was inserted as pitcher, singled in Bradsher in the seventh inning.
McPherson finished 2-for-4. Robinson went 1-for-3 with two RBIs.
Orange is scheduled to travel to Burlington to face Water Williams for its Central Carolina Conference opener on Friday night.
Cedar Ridge 9, Cardinal Gibbons 7
Sophomore catcher Reagan Simmons went 3-for-3 as the Red Wolves scored seven runs in the opening two innings to beat Cardinal Gibbons for the second time in two days in Hillsborough on Tuesday night.
Senior Anaya Carter went 3-for-4 as the Red Wolves improved to 3-1 during a week where they have no CCC games scheduled. Freshman Mia Best earned her first varsity win inside the circle as she threw the opening three innings.
After Best retired the Crusaders in order to open the game, Simmons and freshman Laci Sykes each hit singles in the bottom of the first inning. Simmons moved over to third after a flyout by Carter, when scored off an error on a ball hit by sophomore Charlotte Lowry. Sophomore Kimber Shambley reached on an infield single to score Sykes and Cedar Ridge led 2-0 at the end of the first inning.
Gibbons tied the game with two runs in the top of the second, but Cedar Ridge responded with five runs in the bottom of the frame. Tori Carden and Grace Young each reached on singles to open the inning. Best singled to right field to bring in Carden and the Red Wolves didn’t trail again. Simmons singled to right field to plate Young. Carter knocked in Carter after an error by Gibbons first baseman Miriam Carey. Lowry delivered the big blow with a double on a line drive to centerfield to score Sykes and Carter.
The Red Wolves increased its lead to 8-4 in the fourth inning when Carter scored off a wild pitch. Carter led off the inning with a single. Carter knocked in Best in the fifth inning after Best drew a one-out walk.
The Red Wolves (3-1) will travel to Northern Durham on Thursday night. They will return to CCC action with a road trip to Person on Tuesday.