Notebook: State softball playoffs

May 8, 2014 

First-year River Bluff and Chapin survived elimination games in the state softball playoffs, but Lugoff-Elgin, Blythewood, Spring Valley, Airport and Camden all saw their seasons come to an end on Wednesday.

River Bluff remained in the Class 3A District 1 hunt with an 8-2 win over Woodruff. The Gators (16-9) have a long trip on Friday to Westminster in Oconee County to face West-Oak in the district finale.

Chapin (24-4) will be at Belton-Honea Path for the 3A District 2 final. The Eagles lost 5-1 to the Bears in the semifinals.

Airport (13-11) could not find an answer for Darlington in 3A District 5. The Eagles dropped a 1-0 decision last night after suffering a 4-3 loss to the Falcons in a first-round meeting last week.

Chapman ended Camden’s season with a 10-3 win in a 3A District IV elimination game on Wednesday.

In Class 4A, Lugoff-Elgin, Blythewood and Spring Valley came up short in district finals.

L-E forced a second game in the District 3 finale at Northwestern with a 4-1 win, but suffered a heartbreaking 5-4 extra-inning loss in the nightcap. Baleigh Lunsford stroked a two-run single and Hannah Cole’s solo, inside-the-park home run were the key blows in the Demons win. Lugoff-Elgin jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning of the nightcap, but the resilient Trojans rallied to force extra innings and claim the district title with a successful, one-out squeeze bunt in the bottom of the ninth inning. L-E finish a banner season with a 22-5 record.

Blythewood also forced a second game in the District 2 final at Clover with a 10-3 win, but the Bengals, like the Demons, were shown the door with a one-run loss, 3-2, in the nightcap. BHS closes the book on another successful season, 23-8.

Spring Valley’s surprise run in District 6 came to a end with a 2-1 loss at Summerville. The Vikings (15-12) upset South Florence to get to the district final.

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