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Lady Rams claim third; Lawrence fourth

GREENSBORO – Ridgecroft School claimed its highest seeding ever in fast pitch softball here Sunday afternoon.

The Lady Rams earned the number three seed in the North Carolina Independent School Athletic Association 1-A championships slated to begin today (Tuesday) and continue this weekend.

Ridgecroft (14-3) was tabbed just behind Cape Fear Christian Academy (19-0) and Tarheel Independent Conference rival Hobgood Academy (18-3). The Lady Rams will host fellow TIC foe Terra Ceia Christian School (15-7) at 4 p.m. today.

“It’s a great honor,” said sixth-year Ridgecroft Head Coach Larry Smith. “It’s a great accomplishment for our school. We’ve been working hard for six years to get to this point.

“I am proud of these young ladies for earning the number three seed,” he said. “Nobody gives you anything and that’s the way it should be. We worked hard for it and earned the opportunity. Now we have to go out and make the best of it.”

Also earning a top-four seed was perennial NCISAA heavyweight Lawrence Academy. Despite finishing third in the TIC, the Lady Rams were seeded number four overall.

Lawrence is 10-13 overall, but has lost to Cape Fear, Ridgecroft and Hobgood seven times combined.

The Lady Warriors will host a first round game today at 5 p.m. when they welcome fifth rated Shannon Forest Christian School.

Rounding out the seeding are Wayne Christian School (9-5) at number seven (facing Hobgood Academy) and number eight seed Faith Christian School (8-12) who will meet top seed Faith Christian.