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Garner Trojans Triumph Over Willow Spring Storms 2-1



Tiffany Walston

Advance to 4th Round of State Championships

The Garner Trojans secured a nail-biting 2-1 victory over the Willow Spring Storms, propelling them into the 4th round of the 2024 NCHSAA Softball State Championship - 4A.

Pitcher Gabriella Czuczuk was stellar on the mound, throwing a complete game and allowing only 1 earned run while striking out 3 batters. Czuczuk has been a powerhouse all season, maintaining a 1.51 ERA and racking up 20 wins, underscoring her prowess as a pitcher.

Photos by Cambell Marchant Photography

Reflecting on the night, Czuczuk expressed:

“We have worked well together as a team and we have played for each other the entire season. I couldn’t be more proud of what we have accomplished this season so far.”

Leigh Anna Carter electrified the crowd with a clutch home run, driving her team to victory. Carter has been an offensive juggernaut this season, boasting 18 RBIs and 26 runs scored. 

Photos by Cambell Marchant Photography

Bailey Radford also contributed to the Trojans' offensive effort, going 1-for-1 with a double. For the season, Radford has posted an impressive slash line of .379/.471/.413, highlighting her formidable offensive capabilities.

Going forward, the Trojans hope to continue their winning momentum on Friday. In thinking about the upcoming battle, Czuczuk stated:

“Our mindset is to take one game at a time and to play with everything that we have and give 110% every play.”

The Garner Trojans (23-1) are set to face Apex Friendship (20-3) on Friday in the 4th round of the 2024 NCHSAA Softball State Championship - 4A playoffs.

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