By Mike Mangan
May 10, 2017
Garner softball coach Moe Barbour readily admits that while his team’s pitching has been adequate, the Trojans have relied heavily on their offense this season.
Sixteen times in 21 games this season, Garner has scored in double-digits, including Wednesday’s 10-3 victory over visiting Overhills in a N.C. High School Athletic Association 4A first-round contest. Not surprisingly for Garner (19-2), it was victorious all 16 of those times.
Barbour is hoping for more of the same on Saturday when the No. 4 East seed hosts No. 5 Mideast seed Panther Creek in a second-round game.
“That’s what’s carried us all year, we’ve outscored a lot of teams,” Barbour said. “I have three pitchers, they’re not shutdown pitchers, but they’re all good and they generally keep us in the game until we swing the bats well.”
That was largely the case Wednesday against a game Overhills squad that looked better than its 9-11 record and No. 13 Mideast seed it carried into this year’s state playoffs.
Starting pitcher Mikayla Brumbles bent but didn’t break over her six-plus innings of work, allowing only one run after giving up a two-run single by Overhills’ Autumn Davis in the opening frame. Her performance enabled Garner to keep a narrow lead throughout much of the game until it blew things open with a four-run sixth inning.
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