PM Softball Run Ends At Northwood In State Quarterfinals For Second Straight Year

Jonathan Schwab


Tuesday, June 4 –  The Parry McCluer High School softball team's playoff run came to an end with a 12-1 loss at Northwood in the Class 1 state quarterfinals on Tuesday.

Grayson Shields score the lone run for the Fighting Blues (20-6), a home run over the center field fence in the seventh inning. It was the first run scored against Northwood pitcher Nancy Jo Roberts in 39 innings. Roberts struck out eight and allowed just three hits and one walk, with the other two hits coming from Makenna Smith and Emma Camden.

The Panthers (23-1), the Region 1D champions, led 2-0 after two innings and then erupted for six runs in the fourth and added four more in the sixth. Roberts and Casey Litten led the Panthers with three hits each.

Pitching for PM were Chloe Persinger for the first 3.1 innings and Jayla Baker for the final 2.2 innings. Persinger struck out three and allowed 10 hits, two walks and four runs. Baker struck out one and gave up seven hits, no walks and eight runs. The Blues struggled to make routine plays at times, and Northwood took advantage.

The Panthers (23-1), who have won 22 consecutive games, will play Rappahannock County in the state semifinals on Thursday, June 13 at Radford University. Northwood also ended the Blues’ run last year, winning 6-1 in the state quarterfinals before losing to Auburn 3-2 in the semifinals.

The Blues will miss their five seniors: Smith, Baker, Camden, Channing Balser and Peyton Mohler. Led by the seniors, the Blues won the Pioneer District regular-season and tournament championships this season, and they advanced to the state tournament for the fourth time in five years.   

For the full story and photos from the state quarterfinals, with a season wrap-up, please see our June 12 newspaper. The story and photos from the Blues' run to the Region 1C finals will be in this Wednesday's newspaper.



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