Thursday, May 8, 2014
Waccamaw High’s softball team beat Andrews 4-0 in the Class AA District VII Championship on Wednesday night.
Emily Heimberger kicked off the evening with a bunt and a stolen base, and scored on a hit by Isabel Sanchez.
Then in the second inning, after an intentional walk on Heimberger to load the bases, an Andrews error on a Sanchez hit scored two runs to give Waccamaw an early 3-0 lead.
Andrews was never quite able to catch a break, accumulating only four hits and never having runners advance past first.
In the fourth, Leah Boghosian singled, stole second and third on two pitches, and scored on a Sanchez hit.
In the sixth, Heimberger, who has made a verbal commitment to Mississippi State, turned a double play, and in the seventh, pitcher McKenzie Lugin clinched the win.
“We played extremely well on defense, which I think has been our strength all year,” said Waccamaw coach Scott Streiffert. “We made some adjustments from Saturday, we got a great pitching performance by Lugin and got some timely hits from our catcher Isabel Sanchez. Give [Andrews] credit, I thought they played well in the field and got a great pitching performance from their back-up pitcher. She hung in there and gave them an opportunity.”
Waccamaw now travels to Dillon at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday in the first round of the Lower State playoffs.
The Wildcats are the last team to beat the Lady Warriors, 16 games ago.
“We’ve played Dillon six times last year and twice this year ... We know what their approach will be,” Streiffert said.
Win or lose, Waccamaw will play at home on Monday night at 6 p.m. against either Silver Bluff or Barnwell.
The Lady Bulldogs beat James Island 16-0 on Wednesday night to advance to the Class AAA District VII finals.
Taylor Mercer went 2-for-3 with six RBIs to power the Georgetown offense. She also picked up the win in the circle.
Crystyn Neely went 3-for-4 and Jackie Gray went 2-for-4 with two RBIs.
Georgetown travels to Gilbert on Friday night and will have to beat the Indians twice to advance to the Lower State tournament.