Thursday, May 8, 2014
The Lady Green Wave softball team defeated Spring Valley 2-1 Wednesday to claim the District VI championship for the Class AAAA playoffs.
The game was a defensive battle and contested until the final out, which came on a close call at first base with two Spring Valley runners on base. It was the second loss in a six-day span the Vikings suffered at the hands of the Green Wave, but Spring Valley played much better than it did in its playoff opener when Summerville won 12-2.
“To be honest, I feel they wanted it a little more than our kids,” Summerville coach Heather Tucker said. “I’m a little disappointed in how we played, but I’m glad to have a win and to be able to advance.”
Summerville (24-4) is now one of only four teams from the lower part of the state still alive in the playoffs. The Green Wave will host the winner of the Wando/Lexington game on Saturday.
Summer Jenkins went the distance in the circle for Summerville to pick up the pitching win. She allowed six hits, but only walked one batter while striking out seven. The Vikings only yielded five hits, but three of them came in the same inning.
Spring Valley pushed its run across in the second off a Summerville error, two groundouts and a single.
Summerville scored both of its runs in the bottom of the fourth. Jenkins led off and reached on an error. She moved around on a double by Taylor Belfiore and scored off a single by Dani Halajcsik. The Wave then loaded the bases with a walk by Taylor Knight and single by Hannah Horton. That brought Brittany Olean to the plate and she drove in Halajcsik with a sacrifice fly for the 2-1 margin.
Spring Valley, which beat South Florence to advance to the District VI finals, put a runner on base in both the fifth and sixth and put two runners on in the seventh but failed to push any across the plate.
Belfiore finished 2 for 3 at the plate to lead all batters.