Riya Patel

Smoky Mountain’s Riya Patel crosses first base after one of her two hits in last week’s 4-2 loss at Pisgah. The N.C. High School Athletic Association has shut down sports events through at least April 6 because of the threat from coronavirus.

By Carey Phillips


Colby Warren and Hudson Carver were both three of three at the plate leading Pisgah to a 4-2 Mountain Six Conference softball victory March 10 in Canton.

Warren drove in a run with each of her hits, and Cayce Lovelace added two hits for the Sugar Bears.

Lilly Ensley pitched a complete game for the win. She allowed six hits and two walks, one intentional, and struck out four.

Kennedy Stewman went two of two with a home run and intentional walk for the Lady Mustangs (1-3, 0-1). Riya Patel also had two hits.

“We’ve got to work on getting together more as a team and on our mental toughness,” Coach Morgan Dillard said. “We have to have that grit and want-to and be proactive.”

SM’s Alannah Hopkins struck out 11 while giving up nine hits and walking no one.

“Alannah pitched a great game,” Dillard said. “You can’t have one part of the game going well and the other not. Kennedy came up great with that home run.”

Warren’s two-out double put Pisgah up 1-0 in the second.

Stewman’s homer, after a walk to Kaitlyn Richmond, gave the Lady Mustangs a 2-1 edge in the third.

Another two-out double by Warren pulled the Sugar Bears into a 2-2 tie in the fourth.

Pisgah took a 4-2 lead in the sixth on Warren’s RBI single and an error.

Pisgah won the JV game 20-5.

“It was our first game,” Coach Mary Deitz said. “I think the girls had some pre-game jitters, but I’m proud of them. It’s a learning experience. We know where we are trying to go. We will work together and grow as a team.”

Deitz said Xalia Spencer, Madalyn Moody and Hannah Brooks all hit well.