05/23/09 — Class 3-A softball playoffs: Sullivan swats two HRs for Golden Falcons

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Class 3-A softball playoffs: Sullivan swats two HRs for Golden Falcons

By Ryan Hanchett
Published in Sports on May 23, 2009 11:05 PM

PIKEVILLE -- Anna Sullivan and Charles B. Aycock made sure a new state 3-A champion will be crowned at Walnut Creek in 2009.

Sullivan swatted a first-inning home run and finished with a career-best six RBI as the Golden Falcons hammered South Central, the 2008 state champ, 8-1 on Friday evening.

C.B. Aycock (23-2 overall) entertains Washington at 7 p.m. on Tuesday. The winner advances to the final four at Walnut Creek in Raleigh.

With two outs, Cynthia Burroughs drew a walk and scored on Sullivan's tape-measure home run that cleared the fence in left-center field.

"With our pitching and our defense we know the key is always at the plate," said C.B. Aycock head coach Brad Matthews. "Anna delivered the first big hit and it really set a tone for the night."

The Golden Falcons added four, third-inning runs.

Amber Baker, Brooke Bell and Torie Benton each cranked out a single. Burroughs bounced into a fielder's choice and Sullivan followed with a two-RBI base knock. Aycock plated two additional runs on wild pitches.

Sullivan smacked her second home run, a two-run shot, in the fifth inning. The senior catcher finished the night 3-for-3 at the plate.

"I just didn't want this to be my last game," said Sullivan. "I'm a senior and I knew that if we could get a lead that we would have a good chance to win and keep playing. I was seeing a lot of inside pitches and I was able to keep my hands in and drive the ball to left field.

"I guess I just got lucky."

South Central (11-10) never enjoyed the same fortune as Sullivan and her teammates. Burroughs held the Falcons scoreless until the sixth inning.

Jackie Kramzar and Kim Boltinhouse delivered back-to-back singles. Kramzar scored on Shaquinia Edwards' base hit and Burroughs exited the pitcher's circle.

Autumn Pittman threw the final 12/3 innings.

"I thought Cynthia did a very good job hitting her spots early," said Matthews. "In the sixth, it looked like she was getting a little tired so we went to Autumn and she finished strong."