A 6-1 win over visiting Wayne Christian on Thursday gave the Cape Fear Christian Academy varsity softball team a 4-4 record against a demanding schedule.
CFCA is a 1-A program in the North Carolina Independent Athletic Association. Losses have been to Wilson Christian, a 2-A team in the North Carolina Christian School Association; Fayetteville Christian, the defending NCISAA 2-A champions; Freedom Christian, the 2017 runner-up in the NCISAA and Southhampton Academy, a three-time 2-A Virginia state champion.
Seventh-grader Rhyleigh Horne went the distance in the circle in the win over Wayne. The CFCA team is youthful. Delaney Cumbie, who has signed with UNC Greensboro, is the only senior. The remainder of the team is comprised of seventh-graders, eighth-graders, freshmen and sophomores.
Cumbie had three hits against Wayne. Paige Jeffries got two hits. Getting one hit each were Horne, Kristen Bass and Claire Parker.
Sterling Holmes is in his first season as CFCA coach. He is assisted by Craig Autry and Brian Ennis.
The CFCA junior varsity/middle school team is coached by Autry with Ennis assisting.
The JV team improved to 4-1 with a 12-2 win over Wayne on Thursday as sixth-grader Aubree Bass pitched a two-hitter. Bass drove in two runs. Jeffries had an inside-the-park home run. Madeline Brochious had a triple for CFCA, which avenged an 11-1 loss to Wayne.
The varsity was coming off a 19-0 Sandhills Conference win over visiting Northwood Temple on Tuesday, March 22, in which Horne pitched a complete game.
The CFCA varsity is scheduled to return to action at home on Thursday, April 12, with a 4 p.m. league game against Village Christian.