Jaclyn Shambaugh Staff writer @jaclynshambaugh

HOPE MILLS — Cape Fear pitcher Mackenzie Peters is now part of what’s become an exclusive club of Colts.

The freshman, who turns 14 today, is a Mid-South 4-A Conference champion, joining with her teammates to earn Cape Fear the outright league title with a 5-3 win at South View on Thursday.

This is the Colts’ fourth straight Mid-South title and brings the team’s regular-season conference record to 48-0 over the last four years.

“It feels really good,” Peters said. “It feels official.”

The nationally ranked Colts (20-0, 12-0) blew an early lead but recovered with a three-run fifth inning that sealed the victory.

Cape Fear will host the conference tournament Tuesday and Thursday.

Peters threw a complete game, striking out six and issuing a pair of walks to improved to 13-0.

“Obviously, they (South View) are going to hit the ball, so I was just trying to let my defense help me out as much as they could,” Peters said.

Peters helped her own cause with a two-run triple in the top of the third that gave the Colts a 2-0 lead.

The lead held until the fourth when the Tigers (15-4, 10-2) strung together three hits and took advantage of a Cape Fear error to put two runs on the board.

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