Coats-Erwin Middle School claimed the conference softball championship by ending the season with a 15-4 win at Overhills Middle Monday.
Ava Blackman pitched the complete game win for the Falcons (11-1), yielding no earned runs on five hits and two walks, with eight strikeouts.
Zeah Ennis had three hits, one RBI and two runs scored and Gracie Byrd had a home run, three RBIs and two runs scored for Coats-Erwin.
Blackman had a double, two RBIs and two runs scored. Kimah Warren had one hit, one RBI and two runs scored. Marley Colville had a triple and two runs scored. Caylon Avery had one RBI and two runs scored. Tristan Ennis, Jaliyah McDougald and Ashari Watlington scored one run apiece.
Katie Neel had two hits and one run scored and Della Perry had one hit, one RBI and one run scored for the Panthers.
Jasmine Terrell had one hit and one run scored, Taylor Johnson had one hit and Isabelle Davis scored once.
A loss in the contest would have meant a split with Harnett Central (10-2), but the Falcons won the title outright and the Raiders took second place.
Falcons baseball has best record
In baseball, Coats–Erwin pounded out 15 hits and Hayden Pope scattered three hits in five innings of relief as the Falcons took a 14–5 win at Overhills in the final game of the season for both teams.
The Falcons finished the season in second place in the conference with a record of 10–2, the best record in school history. Coats–Erwin opened in 1999 with the merger of the former Erwin and Coats Middle Schools.
Overhills finished with a 3–9 record.
Catcher Jacob Hartman led the Falcons offensively with four hits and three runs scored. Adding three hits each were Hayden Pope and Dillon Faircloth. Also getting hits were Hunter Thompson, Riley Colville, Jalen Evans, Shay Jackson, and Braxton Davis.
Defensive standouts were Hartman, Colville, and Jaleel White, who made a running catch to rob a Panther of an extra base hit.