The Roanoke Valley Girls Softball League 12 Under All Stars headed to Shelby NC this weekend to try and win the2019 Tar Heel League State Championship.
In Game 1 versus Burke County, the offense was very scarce as Jaina Davis reached on an error and later scored when Kalissa Williams singled. Kalissa Williams pitched for the RV All Stars and struck out 11 batters, but opening game jitters and playing in front of possibly the biggest crowd the girls had seen kept the girls from picking up a victory as the fell 3-1.
In Game 2 versus Western Harnett, the offense was alive and kicking, with the biggest explosion coming in the top of the 2nd, as the ladies scored 7 runs as they batted around. Kalissa Williams started it off with a singled and Sara Kate Ricks drew a walk. Jacey Carlisle singled to score Kalissa, Tyasia Stansbury doubled to bring home Sara Kate and Jacey, Alea Bullock singled to score Tyasia and the later scored on a past ball; then Alayna Davis singled and Skylar Wade drew a walk and Jaina Davis hit a triple to bring them both in. The ladies brought in 5 more runs after that inning, including a 2 run inside-the-park Homerun by Skylar Wade and Chloe Moore went for 7 Strikeouts pitching as the Roanoke Valley All Stars eliminated the Western Harnett All Stars 13-6.
Game 3 against Hickory was a nail bitter and was very much a strong showing of Defense by both teams. Kalissa Williams was back on the mound and struck out 6 batters as she struggled a bit with command and with a very tight strike zone. Roanoke Valley got on the board first in the top of the first, but struggled to manufacture runs after that. Hickory went up 3-1 when Jaina Davis, Kalissa Williams and Sara Kate Ricks all singled bringing Jaina Davis home to make it a 3-2 game. Hickory tacked on one more run to make it 4-2 until the top of the 6th when Alex Richardson drew a walk, Chloe Moore singled and Skylar Wade tripled scoring Chloe and Alex, but gout thrown out trying for home. Unfortunately a couple of walks led to the winning run for Hickory being scored, eliminating the Roanoke Valley 12U All Stars from the tournament, 5-4.
Coach Davis and Coach Williams would like to express our gratitude to the players and parents of this team. "It was an awesome experience and an honor to be a part of a great Team that achieved more than most believed they would. Finishing 2nd in the District and going 1-2 in the State Tournament was an awesome feat that isn't always possible for teams to achieve," stated Davis.