The Waccamaw Warriors softball team played a doubleheader against the Hanahan Hawks April 11 at home. Their record fell to 10-8-1 overall and 7-3 in AAA Region VII after losing both five-inning games.
In the first game of the doubleheader, Waccamaw lost 8-0 to the visiting Hawks.
“We opened the door in one inning, and they scored a bunch. Against a good ball club, we can’t give runs,” said head coach James Graves. “We made some mistakes defensively.”
The Warriors loaded the bases in the bottom of the first but did not take advantage. Hanahan put the game out of reach in the top of the second inning thanks to seven runs scored in the inning.
“We can’t have innings like that against a good ball club. We dug a hole and it got deeper and deeper,” he said.
Hanahan scored one more run in the bottom of the fourth inning to secure the victory.
Casey Pelasara took the loss for Waccamaw, allowing five hits and eight runs over five innings. Hanahan pitcher Golden Thrower pitched a solid game. She went five innings, only allowing four hits while striking out three and walking one.
Keirstyn Carroll, Morgan Cribb, Megan Dallas and Summers Ward each collected a hit for the Warriors.
In the second game of the doubleheader, the Hanahan Hawks once again prevailed by a score of 2-1 over the Warriors.
Waccamaw scored first when Summers Ward grounded out scoring Keirstyn Carroll from third base to make it 1-0 in the first inning. Hanahan players Ashlyn Cribb and Brooke Vorhis both scored the games final two runs in the fourth inning.
Pitcher Kaylee Jordan took the loss for the Warriors, allowing two hits and two runs, striking out one and walking one. Kaylee LeCompte was the winning pitcher for the Hawks, surrendering one run on three hits over five innings while striking out six.
Keirstyn Carroll went 2-2 at the plate for Waccamaw.
Waccamaw will play next in the Palmetto Invitational April 19-20 in Charleston before starting the playoffs. The Warriors will play a tiebreaker game with Georgetown to determine the second seed in the region. That game will be played at Andrews High School this week. The date has not been announced.
“The kids have resiliency," said Graves. “We are gearing up for the playoffs.”