GREENSBORO — The Region 7 all-star softball team came all the way back from an opening-game loss to reach the medal round on Wednesday, but came up short in the bronze medal game yesterday evening at the UNC-Greensboro softball complex.
The team, which was coached by Jeremy Helton and Leslie Long of Forbush High School and which included four of his players (Caitlin Mickles, Alexis Collins, Kayleigh Williams and Macey Rycroft) and East Surry’s Grace Kiser, had lost its opening game on Tuesday morning 5-2 to the Region 5 team, which was effectively the host team, made up of Greensboro area players. They bounced back with a 7-3 victory over Region 3 that afternoon, and came into Wednesday morning needing another win to reach the medal round. They earned this with an 8-3 victory over Region 8. A spot in the gold medal game was still a possibility at that point, but it went by the boards when Region 5 played to a 3-3 tie with Region 6 on another field. This meant that they won the West bracket with a 2-0-1 record, while Region 7 went 2-1.
The outcome put the team into the bronze medal game, where they faced the squad from Region 1, which represented teams from northeastern North Carolina. Region 1 was 2-1 in the East pool, having only lost to the unbeaten Region 3 team in their first game on Tuesday. In the battle for the bronze, the easterners pulled out a 3-1 victory. In the last game of the tournament, the homestanding Region 5 team knocked off Region 3, 5-3.
State Games action continues this weekend, when the soccer tournaments will be contested. The boys’ tournament features coaches Will and Holden Hurley of Mount Airy High School, along with their players Jackson and Austin Tumbarello. See tomorrow’s issue for a preview on that event.
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