It was a good-news start for three Midlands teams from Region 5-4A in the state playoffs. White Knoll, Dutch Fork and Lexington all prevailed to move on to the second round with a chance to earn a ticket to the district championship round on May 1.
Region champion White Knoll had the toughest time of all needing extra innings to subdue Irmo 7-6 in a District 5 game. The Timberwolves had plenty of offense, but so did the Yellow Jackets who entered the game a huge underdog with a 3-14 record.
Lydia Trexler led the WK hit parade with four safeties in four at bats, while Caroline Bowen, Meghan Brantley, Megan Anderson and Morgan Holmes all had two hits apiece. One of Brantleys hit was a home run. Ann Moseley, Hanna Rudman, Hanna Hopkins and Summer Gandy all had two hits for Irmo. Mosley slugged a home run.
Dutch Fork nipped Lugoff-Elgin 1-0 in District 8 in a pitchers duel between aces Hayley Elkins and Erin Blizzard.
Lexington was a 3-0 winner on the road against South Florence in District 7. Natalie Willis tossed the shutout and Lynnsey Hanks paced the attack with three hits.
Tenth-ranked White Knoll (21-6) hosts Ashley Ridge at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Lexington (16-8) faces Wando on the road on Friday. Dutch Fork (19-8) will face either Summerville or Conway in the second round.