Five Midlands baseball and softball teams are facing elimination on Monday.
One area club is certain of packing up the gear when Irmo travels to White Knoll in the Class 4A Upper State championship tournament. The Yellow Jackets fell 7-0 to Stratford in a first-round game Friday in Goose Creek, while the Timberwolves were felled 7-1 by South Florence on Saturday at home.
Otherwise, Chapin hosts Travelers Rest in the 3A Upper State softballtournament, Lexington hosts Conway in 4A Lower State baseball and defending state champion Brookland-Cayce needs a win at home against Socastee to stay in the 3A Lower State baseball hunt.
Irmo (13-15) had just one good scoring chance against Stratford ace Caroline Pastre, loading the bases in the fifth inning. But the Yellow Jackets were denied by a great defensive play by Knights shortstop Morgan Kilgallen to end the inning and Irmo’s hopes. Pastre improved to 19-2 for the 27-3 Knights.
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Jasmine Holliday set the tone for South Florence (24-1) by leading off the game with a home run. The Bruins put the verdict on ice with four runs in the top of the seventh inning. Ashley Young and Kelsey Pruitt both had two hits and two RBIs.
White Knoll, which saw its 10-game winning streak come to an end, is now 1-3 through the years in Elite Eight openers. Nicole Stancil drove in the only run of the game for the Timberwolves (23-7) with a single to plate Brittany Williamson in the third inning to cut the SF lead to 2-1. WK had plenty of base runners against Bruins pitcher Kaiti Harper, who allowed five hits, walked three and hit one batter. But the lack of clutch hitting and shoddy defense (four errors) doomed the Timberwolves.
J.L. Mann pitcher Leslie Jury fired a no-hitter in the Patriots 2-0 first-round win at Chapin. In the process, Chapin (21-3) saw its 18-game winning streak come to an end.
Lexington just didn’t have it in a 12-2 first-round loss to Region 5-4A rival North Augusta. The Yellow Jackets ripped 12 hits in the six-inning affair and took advantage of six Wildcats errors. Taylor Guerrieri was the winning pitcher for NA, and he belted a solo home run in the Jackets’ six-run eruption in the top of the sixth inning that made the outcome academic.
Conway managed just two hits off Wando ace Drew Cisco in a 7-1 first-round loss on Saturday. Cisco fanned 14 in six innings before losing his control in the final frame. Conway's only run came in the seventh on four consecutive walks.