Wednesday, May 8, 2013
By Chris Sokoloski
Eleven days after losing to Dillon in the Region VIII-AA championship game, Waccamaw’s softball team got a modicum of revenge on Friday night, beating the Wildcats 13-3 in the Lower State playoffs.
“We were patient with their pitchers,” Waccamaw coach Scott Streiffert said. “We were able to take advantage of them falling behind in the count. It seemed like we were up to bat all night.”
The Lady Warriors were trailing 10-0 in the region championship game and were one out from having the game end in five innings when they rallied for eight runs.
That comeback fueled the Lady Warriors going into Friday’s game.
“A lot of our success [Friday] stemmed from the way the region championship tiebreaker game ended,” Streiffert said. “Even though we lost that game our kids gained a lot of confidence in the last three innings.”
McKenzie Lugin broke a 2-2 tie on Friday night with a two-run triple in the third inning.
The Lady Warriors took advantage of hits, walks, errors and hit batters to plate six runs in the fourth inning. Lugin, Hallie Butler and Sam Tansey all had RBIs.
Five runs, including the final two on wild pitches, ended the game in the bottom of the fifth.
“Our lineup with the speed kids is equipped to neutralize some of the power pitchers,” Streiffert said.
Eight Lady Warriors had hits in the game – Lugin and Riley Morris each had two – and eight scored runs. Morris and Melaina Moore also had RBIs.
“We always seem to be able to find somebody that steps up and it’s not always the same person,” Streiffert said.
The 13 runs on Friday boosted Waccamaw’s 2013 total to 311. It’s the first time a Lady Warriors’ squad has scored more than 300 runs in a season.
Waccamaw followed the Dillon win up by beating Silver Bluff 10-1 on Tuesday night. Silver Bluff had only given up one run in the playoffs this year before the Lady Warriors came to town.
Waccamaw will host the Lower State final on Friday night against the winner of the Dillon/Barnwell game.