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Porter Ridge Softball is 2012 State Champions
(Story reprinted with permission from The Enquirer Journal)
Porter Ridge High’s softball team won the first state title in the school’s seven-year history on Saturday, and senior star Lexi Davis calls it “the greatest feeling in the world.”
The Pirates swept Holly Springs with back-to-back 2-0 wins in a doubleheader played on the campus of N.C. State, giving them the 4A championship.
“I don’t think it’s hit me yet,” said Porter Ridge coach Lael Rorie, who did it with just two seniors on the roster. “I’m so excited. It’s crazy when you work so hard for something and then finally accomplish it. It’s a numb feeling and I’m so happy for the girls.”
Holly Springs lost in the state finals for the second year in a row.
Porter Ridge (33-1 record) jumped out early in both games, which is usually trouble for the opposing team considering Davis finished the season with 22 shutouts.
In the series-deciding second game, junior Courtney Price doubled in the first and later scored from third on a passed ball, giving PR all the runs it needed.
Porter Ridge got an insurance run in the fourth when Tara Loken led off with a single, stole second and moved to third on a ground out. Bobbi Jones’ bunt single scored Loken to make it 2-0.
In the first game, Porter Ridge scored both runs in the bottom of the first when Price and Haley Secrest walked and Kayleigh Jonas followed with a fly ball to right field that was ruled an error.
Price scored on the play, and Tara Loken later added an sacrifice RBI that scored Secrest from third to make it 2-0.
Porter Ridge scored Jonas’ fly ball a hit, pointing out the defender never got a glove on the ball, but Holly Springs booked it as an error and the state association agreed.
The ball lobbed high in the air and was misjudged. The outfielder over ran the play, then tried to backpedal as it flew over her head.
Because it was an error, Holly Springs pitcher Erica Nunn gets credit for a no-hitter.
Nunn, who has signed with South Florida, struck out nine and walked two in the opener. She retired the last 13 batters in order.
“Erica’s a great pitcher and she’s going to have a great college career,” Rorie said. “She pitched her heart out. We struggled to hit her, but we strung them together at the right time and it worked for us.”
Both pitchers are bound for Division I programs.
Davis, an Auburn signee, struck out eight and allowed two hits while walking one and hitting one in Game 1.
“We knew we would have to have some good defense and Lexi would have to throw her best game, and she did,” Rorie said. “She kept them off balance and did what she’s done all year.”
Davis and Secrest, a shortstop, are the Pirates’ only seniors.
Like Davis, Secrest was a four-year starter.
“The feeling right now is unreal, it’s hard to explain,” Secrest said. “To know that everything you’ve worked for has worked out in the end is something you can’t explain. There’s excitement and there’s crying because you’re so happy.”
Written by: Justin Murdock, Enquirer Journal Sports Reporter
Video recorded by Justin Oldja, senior
Edited by April Dawkins and Don Mace
Posted: Jun 04, 2012 by April Dawkins