By Clint Parker
NBHS – It was this time last year when the North Buncombe BlackHawks Softball Team’s season ended. It was the third round of the state playoff. The Blackhawks had just finished coming off an undefeated regular conference season and had won their first two games on the way to the state championship.
“Last year we made it to the third round of state playoffs where we were defeated by Jesse Carson High School at Jesse Carson,” said Varsity Softball Coach Tiffani Ferguson.
Now a year later, the team is almost exactly where it was last year. So that’s back-to-back Western Mountain Athletic Conference (WMAC) wins. Not bad, but there’s more.
“Winning the WMAC conference for the second year in a row has been a battle. We went undefeated last softball season in conference, and this season we lost…one game,” explains Coach Ferguson. “The one game we lost we did not have all of our players there. It was a battle for conference, and NB girls played hard and did what they needed to win. We have an amazing pitching staff and defense backs them up so well. Defense has been our strong point the past few years. Karlyn Pickens and Taylor Laster have led the team this season with their bats. We have worked hard, and it is paying off.”
To get to where they are in the playoffs, they beat Northeast Guilford 5-0 and Southwestern Randolph 2-1. Now, they’re once again facing Jesse Carson in the third round on Tuesday night, but this time it will be home field advantage at NBHS’s softball field. Pulling off back-to-back conference wins is great, but this time they plan on beating the team that put them out of the playoffs last year.