Warlassies defend home field in first round, fall in second

Softball season ends for Owen

Fred McCormick

The playoffs picked up May 10 how the regular season ended for the Owen Warlassies - with a win, when they beat West Stanly High, 8-2.

Three days later, on the field at North Mecklenberg High School, Owen softball's season ended in the bottom of the seventh inning when Lake Norman Charter School plated two runs for a 4-3 victory.

Owen junior Jaiden Tweed struck out 12 batters in the Warlassies' opening round win over West Stanly. Tweed also had a home run in Owen's second round loss on the road to Lake Norman Charter School.

The Warlassies won seven games in a row before falling to the Lake Norman Charter School Knights in the second round of the playoffs on May 13. The Warlassies entered the playoffs with a 13-3 overall record (10-2 in the Western Highlands Conference), good enough for a number 13 seed. That ranking gave Owen home field advantage during the team's opening round game against the West Stanly Colts.

Owen pitcher Jaiden Tweed held the Colts to two runs while striking out 12 batters, while the Warlassies' offense produced eight runs for the team's seventh consecutive win. The Warlassies took to the road the following Saturday to face the number 4 seeded Knights, which defeated Stuart Cramer 11-0 in the first round to advance.

The Warlassies came into the contest against the Knights having outscored their last seven opponents by a total of 101-6. Lake Norman scored first in the bottom of the opening inning, but the Warlassies took the lead in the third on the strength of a three-run home run by Tweed, her seventh of the season.

The 2017 season came to an end for shortstop Chesney Gardner and the Owen Warlassies with a 4-3 loss on the road to Lake Norman Charter School on May 13.

Owen held a one-run lead until the bottom of the seventh, when the Knights scored a pair of runs to secure the win. Lake Norman advanced to face R-S Central on May 16.

Last year the Warlassies defeated R-S Central 2-1 in eight innings to advance to the third round of the playoffs, where they fell to West Lincoln.