Lady Panthers top Hillcrest, one victory from state title

The Carolina Forest girls softball team is one win away from hoisting the program’s first state championship trophy.

The Lady Panthers defeated host Hillcrest in Tuesday’s Game One of the best-of-three Class AAAA state championship series by a 1-0 score.

Carolina Forest senior pitcher Rachel Lembcke threw a shutout as her Lady Panther teammates managed to push the game-winning run across the plate in the second inning when Natalie Hardwick drove home Nikki Russell.

Carolina Forest returns home for Game Two on Thursday and the Lady Panthers can celebrate the crowning achievement on their own field with a victory.

If Hillcrest can win Game Two on the road the two teams will play a state championship-deciding Game Three on Saturday. Monday’s rainout has pushed the schedule back by one day.

Photo by Rancier Photography

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One response to “Lady Panthers top Hillcrest, one victory from state title”

  1. Bob says:

    Natalie scored the game winning RBI? Didn’t she also come through with the 2 run RBI to tie the game in extra innings last week? Then get the RBI in the next inning to tie it again? Then hit the game winning RBI in the 11th? And she’s just a freshman? Somebody buy that lady a …. root beer!

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