SOFTBALL: Eagles reach District 2 finals

05/08/2014 12:19 AM

05/08/2014 12:41 AM

Chapin saved its best hitting for last to advance to the Class 3A District 2 softball finals, defeating Blue Ridge 6-2 at home on Wednesday.

The Eagles trailed 2-0 going into the bottom of the fourth, but got three runs on two hits there to take the lead.

“Fourth, fifth and sixth inning, you could see us start working counts,” Chapin coach Jason Jolley said. “We got ahead in the count, we knew what was coming, we took better cuts and we walked more than we have in two weeks. So, we got people on and then all it took was one big hit and we get multiple runs.”

With Abby Malcom on the mound, the Eagles gave up a first-inning home run – a low fly that sailed over the left field fence just inside the pole. Despite giving up a single and walking two batters in the bottom of the inning, the Blue Ridge Tigers were able to protect their lead.

Chapin squashed another Tiger run in the second, turning a double-play to negate two Blue Ridge hits, and Malcom closed the session with her second of six strikeouts in the game.

Strong outfield play from Sam Kerr, Nicole Smith and Mackenzye Whitman helped fend off the Tigers for two innings, but in the fourth, Jennifer Jones hit a triple and Bryanna Waddell singled her around to put Blue Ridge ahead by two.

The lead was short-lived, though, as in the bottom of the inning two walks helped the Eagles bring freshman Hannah Davis to the plate with runners on the corners and no outs. Davis smashed an RBI double into the rightfield gap. The Eagles scored the tying run on a passed ball with eighth grader Molly Burns at the plate, and Burns added an RBI single to put the Eagles up 3-2 and keep the rally going.

The defense held from there, and in the bottom of the sixth, the Eagles scored on a wild pitch to extend the lead. Lindsay Harris’ two-run triple to deep center set the final score.

With the win, the Eagles advance to their fifth District finals in six seasons. Chapin will play at Belton-Honea Path on Friday, and must win two games to advance to the Lower State tournament.

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