Girls from nearly 100 NC high schools vie for softball medals

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Eight teams battled the sweltering heat to fight for the Powerade State Games gold medal, which went to the Region 3 high school softball team after it defeated the Region 7 team with an 8-3 score. (Credit: ANDREW DYE/JOURNAL)

FORSYTH CO., N.C. — Over the past three days, dozens of high school girls cycled through Sutton Softball Field at Forsyth Country Day School.

They hailed from all over North Carolina, coming from nearly 100 high schools, and each representing one of eight regions in the state. Despite the geographic diversity, every competitor in the 2012 Powerade State Games softball tournament shared something in common: a love of the sport.

“You’ve got to have a love for the game to keep playing here through the heat,” said Dasia Moore from Region 1.

All eight teams battled sweltering temperatures and tough opponents for the fun of it Wednesday, but three also went home with new pieces of hardware for their efforts. In the gold medal game, Region 3, which includes the Raleigh area, took home the top prize thanks to a late surge.

The squad trailed Region 7 by 3-1 halfway through the game, but a single by Hannah Reynolds brought home the team’s third run of the fifth inning and fourth of the game to give it a one-run lead. Four more runs in the following inning added to the lead before the game ended with Region 3 up 8-3.

This article was written by Jacob Feldman and originally published by The Winston-Salem Journal. Click here to read the full story.