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Rosewood moves within one win from first-ever trip to Walnut Creek

By Andrew Stevens
Published in Sports on May 20, 2012 1:52 AM

If this is Shay Campbell's idea of a debut season, he's setting the bar awfully high for next year's encore.

Campbell, Rosewood's first-year head coach, watched his Eagles overcome an early 2-0 deficit and defeat Perquimans 6-3 on Friday night at "The Nest" in the third round of the N.C. High School Athletic Association 1-A state softball playoffs.

Rosewood (20-3 overall) clinched their first 20-win season in school history and are one victory away from a first-ever trip to Walnut Creek. The Eagles visit Tri-County champion Hobbton on Tuesday.

Danielle Baccas was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and Amber Stallings provided a sacrifice fly to put the Pirates ahead 2-0 in the top of the first inning.

Rosewood pushed across a pair of runs in the home half of the third inning to tie the game at 2-2. Amanda Beckert scored on an error and Callie Thornton raced home from third base on a throw from home to first base.

Shelby Spruill's solo home run in the top of the fourth inning put Perquimans in front 3-2.

Thornton's RBI double and Anna Ingram's squeeze bunt single that scored Thornton gave the Eagles a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the fifth. Charlotte Kornegay and Thornton each finished with two hits.

"We want to be aggressive at the plate, we want to be aggressive in our base running and aggressive on defense," Campbell said. "If you put pressure on a team like that and expose their weaknesses, you make them do things that they may not have done the rest of the year.

"I think we've gotten better at the small-ball game and we got them on their heels a little bit. We were able to mix it up with some strong hits."

Jordan DuBose's RBI infield single and Amanda Beckert's RBI single extended Rosewood's lead to 6-3 in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Beckert retired eight of the final 11 batters she faced. The right-hander surrendered three earned runs on six hits and allowed four walks to earn the win inside the pitcher's circle.

"I've got all the confidence in the world in Amanda and her abilities," Campbell said. "I felt like she hit her corners pretty well. Unfortunately, we weren't getting the calls. We continued to have confidence in her but she came on pretty strong. I was pleased with her."