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Avery relief pitcher Shannon Smith fires to the plate as shortstop Anne Marie Liles and left
fielder Kristen Burleson take defensive stances.
Photo by Jamie Shell

Originally published: 2013-05-15 14:57:58
Last modified: 2013-05-15 14:57:56

Lady Vikings softball drops rain-soaked playoff opener to Elkin

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Avery Lady Vikings softball opened postseason play on Friday, May 10, with a home game in the rain against visiting Elkin, out of the Mountain Valley Athletic Conference. The teams played evenly throughout the game with the exception of a six-run second inning that proved to be the difference in an 11-8 Elkin win, ending Avery’s 2013 season.

Elkin plated a run in the top of the first inning, only to see Avery answer with a run of its own in the bottom of the frame. Leadoff hitter Kenzie Thomas drew a walk and later scored on a wild pitch by Elkin hurler Caylea Shoemaker to tie the game. Avery had the chance to take a lead, but stranded two runners in scoring position.

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