Wednesday, April 24, 2013
By Chris Sokoloski
Waccamaw and Dillon battled for the Region VIII-AA softball title on Monday night.
In the end, the Wildcats got the 10-8 victory and three Lady Warriors got trips to the hospital.
“We didn’t play well enough to win,” said Waccamaw coach Scott Streiffert. “We didn’t play well at the beginning of the game. We played better at the end of the game.”
Dillon jumped out to a 10-0 lead and was one out from winning in five innings when Waccamaw scored four runs.
The Lady Warriors added four more runs in the bottom of the sixth, propelled by a three-run home run by Melaina Moore.
But despite having the tying runs on base, Waccamaw couldn’t complete the comeback.
Moore went 2-for-4 with two runs and three RBIs; Riley Morris went 1-for-2 with two runs and an RBI; and Olivia Dunlap went 2-for-5 with two runs.
The Lady Warriors played the last few innings without starting catcher Sam Leonard, who was run over by a Dillon player trying to score.
The Dillon player was called out for not sliding.
Leonard played a few more innings but was taken to the hospital after complaining of a headache.
McKenzie Lugin was injured while sliding into third base. The Dillon player tagged Lugin in the chest area and Lugin fell awkwardly and hit her back and head.
Several Waccamaw parents in attendance felt it was a dirty play.
Streiffert, who was standing near third base and was the closest person to the play, didn’t agree.
“It didn’t appear to be anything more than [Lugin] sliding in and the girl tagging her high,” he said.
Lugin got up and ran to the dugout, but later complained of neck pain and trouble breathing and was taken to the hospital.
Isabel Sanchez, who replaced Leonard behind the plate, got hit by a pitch on her elbow. She was taken to the hospital for an x-ray and diagnosed with a bad bone bruise. Streiffert said Sanchez has a lot of swelling in the elbow joint.
Morris was hit by pitches twice on the same leg, just inches apart. She did not have to go to the hospital.
Although several parents complained about Dillon’s lack of sportsmanship, Streiffert declined to comment on that.
“Obviously it was a region championship game, both teams wanted to win,” he said. “Their players are bigger and stronger kids. They play a very aggressive style of softball. We’ve got to be able to play our game but understand how they play their game.”
Streiffert didn’t expect Leonard, Lugin and Sanchez to play last night in the regular season finale against Georgetown, but hoped to have all three back for the playoffs.
Waccamaw hosts Lake City on Thursday night at 6:30 p.m. in round one of the Class AA playoffs.
The Lady Warriors are in the same bracket as Andrews and Loris. Game two will be Saturday.