MATTHEWS – The Butler baseball team and Independence softball team had their runs to the Southwestern 4A tournament titles cut short in the finals on May 3 at Butler.
In the softball finals, co-conference champion Independence fell to Hickory Ridge 5-3.
All three of the Patriots runs came on solo home runs at Maya Douglas, Abrianna Berry and Mackenzie Grant all went deep.
Douglas was sensational, as the sophomore middle infielder went 4-for-4, pushing her season average to .569 and knocking her sixth homer of the season.
The Patriots had leads of 1-0 and 2-0 after the first two innings, but Hickory Ridge answered with three runs in the third and two more in the fifth.
The Patriots tried to rally in the seventh, but could only scratch one run across.
Kayla Douglas went five innings, allowing eight hits and five runs while striking out six and walking four.
Jaylin Adkins shutdown the game with two scoreless innings of relief.
Independence bounced back to beat High Point Central 11-0 in the opening round of the 4A playoffs on May 7. Mallory Shaver went 3-for-4 with a home run and four RBIs.
In the baseball final later that night, surprise Butler faced off against heavy favorite Myers Park in the championship game.
The Bulldogs entered the tournament 8-14 but pulled off wins over Hickory Ridge (10-9) and Porter Ridge (5-3) to reach the finals.
In the win over Hickory Ridge on April 30, freshman Ryan Wilson and Drew Roberts had two hits each, Hayden Davis drove in three runs and Butler rallied with five runs in the sixth inning to get the win.
The following day, Davis, Wilson and Roberts had two hits each and Hunter Garmon went 5.1 innings, allowing three runs, just one of which was earned, and struck out four.
Wilson went the final 1.2 innings with three strikeouts to earn the save.
In the championship game, however, 24-1 Myers Park proved to be too much in the Mustangs 12-2 win.
Freshman Cannon Pierce had Butler’s only hit. Wilson and Ethan Morgan both had rough outings.
Butler’s season has come to an end.