TURBEVILLE — This was more like the game the East Clarendon High softball team expected to have on Thursday.
After holding on for dear life to beat No. 4 seed Hannah-Pamplico in the opening game of the District VII tournament of the 1A state playoffs, the top-seeded Lady Wolverines put up 14 runs in the first inning on the way to a 15-0, 3-inning win over No. 3 Allendale-Fairfax in a winner’s bracket game.
East Clarendon (16-4) will play host to the championship round on Tuesday or Wednesday, depending on the opponent.
A-F (5-12) will play host to the winner of Saturday’s elimination game between H-P and No. 2 seed Military Magnet on Monday in another elimination game. EC will face the winner of that game in the championship round.
“That’s what we wanted to do, come out, take care of our business and win the game,” said Lady Wolverines coach Lisa Ard. “I worry about us being patient (offensively) when we’re facing slower pitching. You can’t take anyone lightly though.”
East Clarendon was patient against the offerings of Lady Tigers left-handed starting pitcher K’oshjah Hall. EC drew nine walks in the first inning from Hall, the final two to D’onna McFadden and Kayleigh Hunter forcing in runs. Hall was replaced by Jakiya Williams at that point, and Williams walked Mikayla Anderson to force in another run as well.
The Lady Wolverines sent 19 batters to the plate in the first inning with leadoff batter Maggie Baird getting to the plate three times.