NBHS – It was this time last year when the North Buncombe BlackHawks season ended. It was the third round of the state playoffs. 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.
“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.”
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. Tuesday evening the BlackHawks beat the team that ended their season last year. The Hawks won a decisive game against Jesse Carson 4-0 at North Buncombe.
To get to this point in the playoffs, they beat Northeast Guilford 5-0 and Southwestern Randolph 2-1. Then Jesse Carson in the third round on Tuesday night, but now home field advantage is gone. Now they are headed to play Marvin Ridge Friday in Waxhaw for the fourth round of the state playoffs for the Regional Championship. If they win Friday, they’re one game away from playing in the 3A state championship.