High School Sports

Notebook: 2A softball playoffs

While Gilbert rates a break before making a final push for a Class 2A Upper State softball championship tournament berth in Wednesday's District III championship round, Batesburg-Leesville and Mid-Carolina are faced to win-or-go-home situations on Monday.

Batesburg-Leesville opened the District II playoffs with an easy 10-0 against overmatches Eau Claire on Thursday, but the Panthers ran into a buzz saw on Saturday at Broome. The host Centurions erupted for nine hits against B-L ace Victoria Gunter, while the Panthers fanned nine times while being blanked by Boome right-hander Shelby Spencer. It was a 1-0 game until Broome’s Brittany Phillips broke open the game with a bases-loaded triple.

Mid-Carolina returns to action today at Palmetto after its Saturday game was cancelled because of the swine flu concerns centered in Newberry County. The Rebels lost their District IV opener 11-1 to Central of Pageland. Even if M-C does prevail, it will have defeat Central on Tuesday to reach the district finals.

Gilbert smoked Keenan 21-0 in the first round of 2A District III play, and moved on to the final by downing Walhalla 4-0 on Friday. Leigha Hite tossed a four-hit shutout against Walhalla, and received all the run support she needed in the bottom of the fifth inning. The biog blow were a two-run single by Jasmine Strother and a run-scoring double by Courtney Frye. Savannah Anderson had a good day vs. Keenan with two hits and three RBIs.