Friday, May 2, 2014
Two out of three Summerville-area teams opened the playoffs with a victory Thursday.
The Green Wave baseball team broke a four-game losing streak in the playoffs by earning a 2-0 victory over Lugoff-Elgin. It is the first playoff victory the Summerville baseball team has had since the 2011 season.
After winning the Region 8-AAAA championship last season, Summerville was eliminated in the first round with consecutive losses to Conway and Richland Northeast. In 2012, Summerville opened the playoffs with consecutive losses to White Knoll and Wando.
“This team has the potential to do a lot more, but the playoffs can be tricky,” Summerville coach Alan Bridges said. “At least now, no matter what else happens, we broke the streak.”
Summerville (18-4) will play at Sumter Saturday. The winner of Saturday’s game will host the District VI championship series May 7. The loser will host an elimination game May 5 with the opportunity to get a second shot at the winner.
Senior Zach Mosay went the distance on the mound to pick up the pitching win for the Wave.
Early in the game, Summerville loaded the bases off a fielder’s choice, a hit by Charlie Fessler and a Lugoff-Elgin error. Matty Powell then walked to push Johnston McCurry across the plate for the game-winning run.
The games only other run came in the bottom of the fifth inning. TJ Hopkins reached on an error and stole second. McCurry then drove him in with a single. With two outs, Lugoff-Elgin intentionally walked Billy Peatross and Mosay followed with a single. However, McCurry was sent home on the play and Lugoff-Elgin got the tag at the plate to end the inning.
In the sixth, Summerville loaded the bases with hits from Powell and Sawyer Bridges and a walk. However, the Wave failed to capitalize.
The Summerville softball team, whish is the defending Lower State champion, opened the playoffs with a 12-2 victory over Spring Valley. The Lady Green Wave (22-4) will travel to South Florence, a 7-4 winner over White Knoll, on Saturday.
The winner of Saturday’s game will host the District VI championship series May 7. The loser will host an elimination game May 5 with the opportunity to get a second shot at the winner.
Sophomore Summer Jenkins earned the pitching win for Summerville. Hannah Horton was 3 for 4 at the plate while Taylor Powell and Anna Gluhosky both went 3 for 5. Taylor Knight was 2 for 3 with a homerun and Sarah Windham was 2 for 3 with an RBI.
The Ashley Ridge baseball team is the only local team that didn’t win its playoff opener, but it is also the only local team hosting a playoff game May 3. The Swamp Foxes (18-5) will host Carolina Forest at 7 p.m. Saturday in an elimination game. The winner will face another elimination game Monday.
Ashley Ridge, the 2014 Region 8-AAAA Champion, fell 2-1 to Wando Thursday. The game was tied entering the fifth inning when the Warriors pushed a run across. Wando (15-8) then held on for the victory.