Melaina Moore powers Waccamaw past Georgetown

  • Thursday, April 26, 2012

By Chris Sokoloski


Melaina Moore hit a three-run double in the fifth inning to lift Waccamaw over Georgetown 4-3 on Monday night.

"It feels good because every year we try our hardest," Moore said. "They're kind of our rivals, them and Andrews."

The victory broke the Bulldogs' three-game winning streak against the Warriors.

"We took advantage of a couple of miscues they had," Waccamaw coach Scott Streiffert said. "They hit the ball well but when they hit it hard, it just seemed to be our night because they hit it at us."

The Bulldogs were clinging to a 2-0 lead for the first half of the game before the Warriors rallied.

Emily Heimberger walked to lead off the bottom of the fifth, Olivia Dunlap singled and Riley Morris reached on a fielder's choice to load the bases. Moore than crushed a Taylor Mercer pitch to center field that missed being a grand slam by a couple of feet. Casey Altman then singled to score Moore.

It was Altman's last regular season game at Warrior Field.

"Georgetown's a really good team and I have a lot of good friends on that team. I'm glad I got to have my last game with everybody," Altman said. "I love being a senior. It's really bittersweet though. It didn't really hit me until right now."

Georgetown loaded the bases in the sixth inning, but Waccamaw's Hallie Butler pitched out of the jam, allowing only a sacrifice fly by Crystyn Neeley.

Butler scattered eight hits and struck out two for her ninth win of the season. It was only her second complete game of the season. Mercer took the loss.

Waccamaw was coming off a 12-2 loss to Dillon on Friday night.

The Wildcats had 10 hits, including two home runs, the Warriors only had one hit.

Butler scored on a single by Moore and Caitlyn Krask scored on a sacrifice by Dunlap.

"We got hammered by Dillon on Friday night," Streiffert said. "For awhile they were hitting the ball and then we started making mistakes. We just didn't play well at the end and I was a little frustrated."

After the game the coach had a team meeting to get everybody refocused, get them back to playing like they did at the beginning of the year and get them to be more positive.

Waccamaw (16-10) travels to Manning on Thursday in the first round of the Class AA playoffs. The Monrachs knocked the Warriors out of the playoffs last season.

"We've got to get people on base. They aren't the strongest team defensively, they rely on their pitcher," Streiffert said. "We have to take the game out of the pitcher's hand and the way to do that is put the ball in play and make the fielders make plays."

Hanahan and Pelion round out Waccamaw's bracket. The Warriors will play Saturday on the road if they win on Thursday and at home if they lose on Thursday.

"We have to keep focused, that's our main thing, because we're really young and they don't really stay focused that often," Moore said. "Once we're focused, we're pretty good."

Georgetown (17-5) opens the playoffs hosting Cane Bay on Thursday.

Losing to Waccamaw "hurts a bit because we had that one inning where we made several little errors and it cost us the ball game," said Georgetown coach Al Hitchcock. "That's kind of the way the game goes and hopefully we got it out of our system tonight and we'll be ready to go Thursday."

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