Sweep of doubleheader secures home playoff game

  • Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Waccamaw High’s Hallie Butler fires to first against Whale Branch during the Waccamaw Invitational. The Lady Warriors won the tournament for the 14th time.

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McKenzie Lugin pitched 14 innings on Monday night as Waccamaw High’s softball team swept Aynor to finish second in Region VIII-AA.

“She pitched extremely well,” said Lady Warriors coach Scott Streiffert. “At every point she gave us the best chance to win. I was extremely proud of her.”

It was an endurance test for both teams, Streiffert said, as the humidity took its toll.

During the second game, the coach had his players take as many pitches as possible in order to give Lugin extra rest.

The win means Waccamaw will host a first-round playoff game on Thursday night.

“That was really big for us. I was really happy with the way the kids played,” Streiffert said.

The Lady Warriors were also the second seed in the region last year, when they made it all the way to the Class AA state championship series.

Win or lose, Waccamaw will play again on Saturday.

Waccamaw has won 11 straight games since losing to Dillon 1-0. That was a turning point for the team, Streiffert said.

After the Dillon loss, Streiffert told his players there was no reason they couldn’t win 10 or 11 in a row, and the girls rallied around that.

“I talked about not worrying about what’s already happened,” he said. “We’ve got to look to the future.”

The Lady Warriors were coming off a sweep of the Waccamaw Invitational on Friday and Saturday.

It was Waccamaw’s 14th title in the event’s 17-year history.

The Lady Warriors beat Johnsonville 9-2 in the championship game. The Flashes finished the tournament 3-2.

“Johnsonville’s got a very good team,” Streiffert said.

Hannah-Pamplico finished 2-2, Carvers Bay went 1-3 and Whale Branch went winless.

For next year’s tournament, Streiffert said he’d like to get a few more Class AA to play.

The Waccamaw Invitational is the softball team’s biggest fundraiser of the year and Streiffert was appreciative of the support from parents, sponsors and fans.

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