Cape Fear Christian Academy trailed 2-1 going to the bottom of the sixth when a five-run inning lifted the area team to a 6-2 win over visiting Wayne Christian School in the first round of the NCISAA 1-A softball playoffs on Tuesday afternoon.
It was the third win of the season for third-seeded CFCA (10-8) over sixth-seeded Wayne (4-10) and put CFCA into the double-elimination Final Four at Oakwood School in Greenville on Friday at noon against Lawrence Academy (20-3), which got past Pungo Christian (9-8) by a 10-0 margin in the opening round.
The Final Four is scheduled for Friday and Saturday.
Wayne’s first two batters were hit by pitches and both came around to score in the top of the first.
CFCA pitcher Rhyleigh Horne settled in after that and was backed by some outstanding defense in keeping Wayne without a run the rest of the way.
UNC Greensboro signee Delaney Cumbie tripled to drive in Jada Horne in the bottom of the first as CFCA drew within 2-1.
In the sixth, Averi Williams reached on a bunt single. Paige Jeffries got a hit. Wayne issued Cumbie an intentional walk to load the bases before Kristen Bass brought in the tying and go-ahead runs with a hit to left.
Ryleigh Horne hit a grounder and Wayne tried to get Cumbie at the plate, but she got home well ahead of the ball.
Beka Ennis was hit by a pitch before Meghan Taylor connected for a two-run single that brought in Bass and Horne.
Cumbie was sharp at shortstop and Jada Horne made plays at second.
Jeffries had a great diving catch in center and Bass made a big-time backhanded grab on a liner to third.