Owen softball records second-round upset in playoffs

Fred McCormick

A five-game winning streak to close out the season secured the Owen Warlassies softball team a number 12 seed - and an opening round home game - in the state playoffs.

With a 3-0 win over Salisbury on May 10, that winning streak was extended to six. And the Warlassies were not finished winning.

On May 12, the Warlassies were off to Rutherford County to take on number 5 seed Rutherfordton-Spindale Central High School in the second round of the playoffs. Owen needed an extra inning, but with a 2-1 win over the Hilltoppers they advanced to the third round.

On Tuesday, May 17, the Warlassies were was scheduled to take on West Lincoln on May 17 (results not available as of deadline).

In the first two rounds of the playoffs, sophomore pitcher Jaiden Tweed struck out 29 batters for the Warlassies.

The Warlassies weren’t the only Owen team to have success in the postseason. Golfer Garrett Miller finished tied for 20th out of 84 golfers contending at the state championship tournament at the Foxfire Golf and Country Club in Pinehurst May 9.

“I was really proud of Garrett’s performance this season,” Tim Raines, head coach of the school’s golf team, said. “I was also impressed with him going out there and finishing that high in the field.”

On the baseball diamond the Warhorses, the boys team, lost to Wilkes Central in the opening round of the playoffs by a score of 3-2. The Warlassies soccer team suffered a first-round exit at the hand of number 2 seed Newton-Conover.

The boys and girls track and field teams sent a total of nine athletes to Polk on May 14 for the regional playoffs.

Chesney Gardner broke her own school record in the discus with a throw of 107 feet, 10 inches. She qualified for the state championship in Greensboro on Saturday, May 21.

The boys 4x100 relay team, featuring Brandon Kilgo, Tyler Hensley, Waleed Kahlil and Sidney Gibbs, also qualified for an appearance in the state championship.