Cayley Shoemaker went 2-for-3 at the plate and threw a five-hitter on the mound as Elkin advance to the third round of the 1A state playoffs for the first time in school history.
“Cayley did a heck of a job,” Shaw said. “Our entire defense did a heck of a job.
“We had some real critical plays made at the right time.”
Trailing 1-0 from the second inning on after an RBI single by Courtney Lytton, the Elks rallied behind RBI doubles by Shoemaker (to tie it) and Kirstan Beaver to take the lead in the bottom of the fifth.
“I didn’t know if we were going to pull that one off or not,” Elkin Coach Steve Shaw said.
Shoemaker did not allow an earned run and pitched out of several tough situations throughout the game.
Shaw was particularly impressed with leftfielder Victoria Kiger. “She’s been asking for extra work,” Shaw said. “She stepped up and showed their pitcher (Madison Davis) could be hit.”
Shaw said “our bats have been our Achilles Heel. We’re putting in the effort. It’s just not showing.”
Shaw said the Bears were “one of the best sportsmanship teams we’ve played. “They’re well coached. They came in and gave us a good game.
“This was a huge sense of accomplishment,” Shaw continued. “We’re not in an easy bracket. The girls were nervous. Their nerves were getting to them.”
After the game, Shaw said, “there wasn’t a dry eye in the huddle.”
Next up for Elkin is a trip to North Stokes. “They’re a strong program,” Shaw said. “They’ve had heck of a season.”
The Elks reached the second round of the playoffs for the first time a year ago.
Jim Fuller may be reached at 336-835-1513 or on Twitter @elkinareasports.