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Lower State title in sight for Lady Warriors

  • Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Chris Sokoloski/South Strand News Waccamaw High’s Isabel Sanchez is safe at second during the Lady Warriors 10-3 win over Barnwell in the Lower State playoffs on Monday night.

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Waccamaw High’s softball team is one win away from a Class AA Lower State championship.

The Lady Warriors beat Barnwell 10-3 on Monday night, and now await the winner of tonight’s loser’s bracket game between Barnwell and Dillon.

“When you can get to Friday night and you can play at home, we’ve got to cash in, but it’s the best chance,” said Waccamaw coach Scott Streiffert. “If we had to go to Barnwell or Dillon, it would have been even tougher than it’s going to be.”

It was Waccamaw’s 17th win in a row.

“When we were sitting there 8-7, I thought we could make a run and we have,” Streiffert said. “I didn’t know we’d win 17 in a row.”

Whichever team comes to Pawleys Island on Friday night at 6:30 p.m. will have to beat Waccamaw twice. The Lady Warriors only need one victory.

Every time Waccamaw has hosted the Lower State final (2009, 2010 and 2013), the Lady Warriors have won and played for a state title.

The game

Waccamaw jumped out to a 5-0 lead on Barnwell on Monday night. The Lady Warriors scored on an error and a single by Isabel Sanchez for two runs in the third, and scored on a wild pitch and a two-run single by Emily Heimberger in the fourth.

Barnwell got its only runs on a bases-clearing triple to cut the lead to 5-3 in the top of the fifth.

Waccamaw then added one run in the bottom of the fifth, and three in the bottom of the sixth on a bases-clearing double by McKenzie Lugin.

“It did not feel very easy tonight,” Streiffert said. “Four walks is the most we’ve had all year. We were up 5-0 and we walked the eight and nine people and gave them an opportunity.”

Waccamaw opened the Lower State playoffs with an 8-5 win over Dillon in eight innings on Saturday night.

The Lady Warriors jumped out to a 5-0 lead with three runs in the first and two in the second.

The Wildcats then scored three runs in the third and two in the sixth to send the game to extra innings.

The Lady Warriors then scored three in the top of the eight to secure their 17th straight win.

Olivia Dunlap had three hits, drove in four runs and scored three runs to lead Waccamaw.

Heimberger went 3-for-4 with three runs; and Hallie Butler went 2-for-4 with one run.

Streiffert said Saturday night was an “incredibly emotional game.”

After arriving back in Pawleys at midnight, he gave his team Sunday off to spend with their mothers.

“I feel like we’ve got some tired players right now,” he added. “You just try to advance and now you’ve got a couple days off to get ready. I think this group will handle that well.”

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