On paper, Lexington should have beaten Wando on Wednesday night in the Class 4A softball playoffs.
A good thing for Wando that games are not played on paper.
Tori Frink and Brooke Gibert each had two hits, and Danica Newton picked up her 25th win of the season to lead Wando past Lexington, 5-4.
The Warriors (25-3) will advance to the Lower State semifinals against the winner of the Summerville-Dutch Fork game Saturday night. Lexington finished its season at 18-10.
The Wildcats (pounded out 11 hits, but left 10 runners on base and were hurt by four costly errors, which led to two unearned runs.
“Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good,” said Wando coach Steve Legette. “We probably didn’t deserve to win that game. Lexington really hit the ball well. I’m not sure anyone has hit us like Lexington did all season long. But give our girls credit, they battled the whole game and found a way to win.”
Besides Frink and Gibert, the rest of the Warriors lineup managed one hit against Lexington pitcher Natalie Willis.
“We got some very timely hits,” Legette said. “They had a couple of errors that we took advantage of, and that was the difference in the game. Lexington just refused to give up tonight and that’s a credit to their players and their coaching staff.”
BOILING SPRINGS 9, SPRING VALLEY 0
At Boiling Springs, Boiling Springs continued its march through the 4A playoffs, beating Spring Valley to capture the District II championship and advance to play Friday at either Gaffney or J.L. Mann.
Taylor Cabe pitching her third consecutive playoff masterpiece and shortstop Katie Jacoby hit a three-run homer for the third game in-a-row. The Bulldogs won their previous two games by 13-0 and 8-2 in a pair of shortened affairs.
Wednesday’s matchup went the distance although the Bulldogs (27-1) were in control from the get-go and nearly ended it in the fifth when they went up 9-0 while needing a 10-run advantage to invoke the mercy rule.
Cabe tossed all seven innings with her lone base-runner allowed a clean single to left by the game’s second hitter who would then get picked off first by catcher Webber Roberts. That meant Cabe faced the minimum 21 batters with eight strikeouts. She’s allowed one earned run and five hits with 24 strikeouts in 16 playoff innings this year.