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3A Softball State Championship Preview



Tiffany Walston

Kings Mountain vs. South Brunswick

2024 NCHSAA Softball State Championships Week

The stage is set, the stakes are high, and the 2024 NCHSAA Softball State Championships promise to deliver edge-of-your-seat action. This season has been a rollercoaster of epic victories and heartbreaking defeats, and this week’s matchup between Kings Mountain and South Brunswick is no exception. Fans, brace yourselves for a thrilling battle on the diamond in Raleigh. 

Kings Mountain Mountaineers

The Kings Mountain Mountaineers have shown grit and determination all season, boasting an impressive 24-1 overall record and earning the 16th spot in North Carolina's rankings.

Recent Game Overview

In a nail-biting Game 3 of the regional series, the Mountaineers secured a hard-fought 2-0 victory over Piedmont, punching their ticket to the state championship game. 

Mountaineers' ace Madeline Huffman was sensational on the mound, delivering a complete game shutout. Huffman struck out nine batters and allowed no earned runs, keeping the Panthers' bats silent throughout the game.

On offense, Kayla McSwain was a standout performer, going 3-for-3 with two RBIs and a double, driving the Mountaineers to victory. Kali Weaver also played a crucial role, going 2-for-4 with a run scored, a double, and a triple, igniting both the crowd and her team.

South Brunswick Cougars

The South Brunswick Cougars have been relentless this season, achieving a 25-4 overall record and earning the 4th spot in the state rankings.

Recent Game Overview

In Game 2 of the regional series, the Cougars dominated the South Central Falcons with a resounding 14-3 victory, clinching their spot in the state championship game.

Kina Davis was a force on the mound, pitching all seven innings and giving up only two earned runs while striking out nine batters, making it tough for the Falcons to score.

Offensively, the Cougars were unstoppable. Olivia Brown went 1-for-3 with two RBIs and a home run. Carly Clewis added to the excitement, going 2-for-4 with three RBIs, a double, and a home run, thrilling both the crowd and her teammates.

3A State Championship Showdown

The much-anticipated 3A State Championship showdown between the South Brunswick Cougars and the Kings Mountain Mountaineers kicks off this Saturday in Game 1 of the series at Duke University. Get ready for an electrifying clash as these two powerhouse teams battle for the state title.

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