Freedom Christian Academy’s softball team won its second North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association 2-A softball championship in three years last week, again on its homefield, winning three straight games in the double elimination round of the state tournament.
Freedom was the No. 2 seed in the tournament and didn’t have to play a game on the road, beating Calvary Day School 10-0 in the opening round before play moved to Freedom for the rest of the tournament. Freedom beat No. 3 seed Rocky Mount Academy 13-2, then downed No. 1 seed Fayetteville Christian 3-1.
Rocky Mount came out of the loser’s bracket after eliminating Fayetteville Christian 3-2, then Freedom clinched the title with a five-inning 11-1win over Rocky Mount in the final game.
Haley Nelson got the win in the championship game, allowing three hits and one run in five innings while recording six strikeouts and yielding three walks.
Rocky Mount led briefly at 1-0 before Molly Montgomery homered to give Freedom a 2-1 lead. Montgomery singled home two more runs later in the game.
Kendall MacCauley also tripled to drive in two more runs for the Patriots.
Nelson, Montgomery and Lexi Little made the NCISAA 2-A All-State team for Freedom. Chosen from Fayetteville Christian were Destiny Smith, Olivia Nieto and Morgan Hatchell.
• NC Spurs will hold a basketball camp featuring Fayetteville Academy basketball coach Bill Boyette. The camp is for boys and girls 8-12 and 13-18 and will be held July 9-13 at Fayetteville Academy from 9 a.m. until noon each day. The cost is $200 per student and includes player evaluation.
For information, call Jimmy Maher at 910-580-5643 or visit www.ncspurs.com/basketball.
NC Spurs will also hold an elite training camp for soccer July 19-21. Sessions for U10-U13 will be held 9 a.m. until noon and for U14-U18 from 5p.m. to 8 p.m. The camp will be directed by Shaun Maher, 14-year professional player with various teams in England and Ireland.
The camp is for boys and girls, high school players from freshman to senior and travel players ages 10-18. Players will be grouped by age and playing ability. Goalkeeper training will be provided using the new sidekick, which can beviewed at www.seattlesportsciences.com.
The cost is $225 and includes player evaluation. For more information, visit www.ncspurs.com or call Maher at the number given previously.
Summer soccer camps are also scheduled June 25-29 and July 16-20. Camp hours are 9 a.m. until noon daily. Ages are 4-15 with players grouped by ability. Goalkeepers will also train with the sidekick device. Cost is $170 per player.
Fayetteville Academy soccer coaches Jimmy Maher and Andrew McCarthy will work at both soccer camps.