For the first time since 1998, Fred T. Foard will play for a softball state championship.
A two-run home run by Foard third baseman Ashley Oliver in the top of the sixth over right field helped the Lady Tigers (25-4) advance to next weekend's state championship series in Raleigh.
Foard faces Charles B. Aycock (29-2)in the best-of-three title series starting Friday at the Walnut Creek Softball Complex in Raleigh.
Aycock defeated Western Alamance (25-5), 5-4, in the second game of the best-of-three East Regional series on Friday.
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