High School Sports

Sumter rallies to keep share of 1st place in 6-4A softball

Run-scoring hits by Emily Whetsel and Mogan Mixon in the bottom of the seventh inning lifted Sumter to a dramatic 2-1 Region 6-4A softball win Friday against Hartsville.

The verdict allowed the Gamecocks to keep pace with South Florence at the top of the region standings at 4-1, while Hartsville, which recently handed South Florence its first region loss in years, dropped back to third place at 3-2.

Whetsel’s single plated Kaila Wrighten, who reached on an error, with the equalizer. After Erin Cook drew a four-pitch walk, Mixon ripped the first pitch she saw to score Anna Ortman to end the game.

Sumter ace sophomore pitcher Sutton Watson fired a three-hitter with 16 strikeouts, and only had trouble in the top of the sixth inning when Hartsville got its only run on two hits – one being a RBI triple. Otherwise, Watson was in command. She struck out the side three times.

The Gamecocks stand at 9-4 overall. The Gamecocks have won five in a row since dropping a 2-0 decision to South Florence on March 17.