Courtney Lackey of West Wilkes fired a two-hitter to lead the Blackhawks to a 4-1 victory over Robersonville South Creek in the third and decisive game Saturday afternoon in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 1-A softball championship series at Walnut Creek Softball Complex.
Lackey struck out seven in getting her second victory of the day and earned championship Most Valuable Player honors. She had fanned eight and given up just four hits earlier in the day as West Wilkes evened the series with an 11-1 decision.
Lakyn Rutledge and Kaitlyn Pierce each had two hits for the Blackhawks, who got two runs in the first and single runs in the third and fourth in the decisive game. South Creek's only run was a homer by Kimberly Mobley in the fifth.
South Creek, which had won the opener Friday night 4-3, finished 24-6 on the season, while West Wilkes, making its first trip ever to the NCHSAA softball championships, wound up 29-5.