Lady Warriors eye spot in Lower State tournament

  • Thursday, May 8, 2014

Chris Sokoloski/South Strand News Waccamaw High’s Emily Heimberger hits an inside-the-park home run against Andrews on Saturday afternoon. The Lady Warriors won 7-1 and win host the Lady Yellow Jackets in the district championship tonight.

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Waccamaw High’s softball team breezed through the first two rounds of the Class AA playoffs and had have home-field advantage in the district championship against Andrews last night.

The Lady Warriors only had to win once to advance to the Lower State playoffs. The Lady Yellow Jackets would have had to win two games to advance.

“We expect them to fight very hard,” said Waccamaw coach Scott Streiffert. “We’ve got to make sure we take care of business right out of the gate.”

Waccamaw has won 14 straight games since a 1-0 loss to Dillon. The Wildcats could be waiting in the Lower State playoffs.

Waccamaw beat Andrews 7-1 on Saturday to get a respite before the championship game.

The Lady Warriors were led by Olivia Dunlap, who had a three-run double in the third inning, and Emily Heimberger, who pulled a ball down the first-base line to the fence and legged out an inside-the-park home run.

“We had the momentum behind us,” Heimberger said. “We had the fight, we had the spirit.”

McKenzie Lugin got the win in the circle.

“They’ve got young a team, they’re very aggressive and they play hard,” Streiffert said. “I thought they played a lot harder than what they played last year. I think those younger kids have been good for their team.”

Waccamaw is following the same path it did last year, when it finished second in the region, won the first playoff game easily and then traveled to Andrews and won there.

Last year Lady Warriors won the district and Lower State before losing in the state finals.

Waccamaw opened the district playoffs with a 17-1 win over Lake City last week.

Heimberger had a three-run triple and Caitlyn Krask had a two-run single.

Hallie Butler went the distance for her sixth win of the year.

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