Jaclyn Shambaugh Staff writer @jaclynshambaugh
GRAHAM — In a decade of coaching softball at Cape Fear, Jeff McPhail has learned a crucial lesson about the players that wear the Colts uniform.
“You can’t ever count ’em out,” McPhail said.
As further evidence, the Colts won an extra-inning battle in Game 2 of the NCHSAA 4-A Eastern Regional series at Southern Alamance on Friday.
The Colts (27-1) scored twice in the top of the ninth and retired the side in the bottom half of the inning to take a 6-4 victory and force a decisive Game 3 at Cape Fear on Saturday.
Game time is 7 p.m.
Cape Fear, which dropped the first game 3-1 in Vander on Thursday, showed off its pitching depth Friday, rotating freshman starter Mackenzie Peters and senior reliever Kaitlyn Knuckles twice apiece before ultimately giving sophomore southpaw Katie Murphy the ball with the game tied 4-4 in the bottom of the eighth.
Murphy last’s varsity win was May 2, but she’d turned in a pair of junior varsity starts since then.
Neither the break nor the moment was too big for the sophomore.
“I know my defense has my back at all times,” Murphy said.