One final time, with two outs within the backside of the seventh inning, Amelia Mason lunged ahead and let go of an off-speed pitch that had the potential to punctuate among the best wins of the Clover softball season thus far.
And the pitch did simply that.
Mason struck out the final batter swinging, and a celebration ensued: Clover defeated area rival and 5A energy Fort Mill, 4-1, on the street on Friday evening. The win has put the Blue Eagles again within the Region 3-5A title chase after they misplaced to Fort Mill final week at house — and it has appeared to provide the Blue Eagles a brand new confidence because the common season hits its closing stretch.
“This is big,” Clover head coach Shea Hall advised The Herald postgame. She was sporting a hat, ear-warmers, a heavy jacket, gloves and a giant smile on the chilly Friday night. “Fort Mill has been at the top of our region the last several years. Last week, they 10-runned us (13-3) at our place. And you know, we had to do a little gut-check.
“We knew we were better than that. But we had to prove it. I thought the girls had a good mindset, worked hard all week, and I felt like we were ready.”
Clover (11-3, 4-1) is now tied within the area standings with Fort Mill (7-5, 3-1). If the season ended Friday, Fort Mill would take the area title and a No. 1 seed within the 5A playoffs. (The first area tiebreaker is cumulative runs allowed in head-to-head contests, and Fort Mill’s 13-run efficiency final week offers it the sting there.)
But the Blue Eagles weren’t fascinated by these particulars Friday. They’re taking their season one sport at a time, Hall mentioned.
“Whether it was good, bad, pretty — we were going to try and find a way to beat Fort Mill,” Hall mentioned.
Friday’s sport began quick: In the highest of the primary inning, Clover scored three runs and by no means regarded again.
With no outs and two runners on, Emily Wodecki slapped a single which despatched Maddie Bruining house for an early 1-0 lead. The subsequent batter, Adah Bruining laced a line drive to proper subject, which drove in Wodecki and Logan MacNeil. 3-0.
The sport would settle after that raucous first inning. There wouldn’t be one other rating till the highest of the fifth, when a Clover Wodecki single drove in Emilee Lessmeister to make the rating 4-0.
Fort Mill had a number of alternatives to carry the sport’s margin nearer. The most promising one got here within the backside of the fifth. With two runners in scoring place with two outs, Olivia Poteat drove a single to middle subject. But some nice fielding from Clover outfielder MacNeil solely allowed one Fort Mill run — and Mason then labored out of the stretch and compelled a groundout to maintain the sport’s rating at 4-1.
And nobody would rating the remainder of the way in which.
Mason, a freshman, completed with a unbelievable stat-line on Friday: She struck out three and allowed solely 4 hits and one stroll in seven innings pitched.
“We’ve talked to Amelia: She’s on that fast track,” mentioned Hall, who’s in her twenty first season as head coach of the Blue Eagles. “She’s having to grow up faster, maybe, than some. But she’s ready for that challenge. And that’s what we told her right here. That’s why we work her so hard, why we challenge her so hard. And she always meets that challenge.”
It was an eventful Friday evening. Here’s what else it’s good to know from the baseball and softball motion throughout York, Chester and Lancaster counties this week.
Other Rock Hill-area softball scores
Blythewood 5, Northwestern 0
Blythewood 11, Northwestern 0
Catawba Ridge 14, Rock Hill 1
Chester 15, Lower Richland 0
Andrew Jackson 15, North Central 3
Clover 12, Indian Land 2
Nation Ford 5, Lewisville 3
Catawba Ridge 7, Lancaster 4
Ridge View 22, South Pointe 7
Clover 4, Fort Mill 1
Indian Land 6, Catawba Ridge 5
Lancaster 4, York 1
Lewisville 17, McBee 1
Softball area standings
Region 3-5A: 1. Clover 4-1/9-2; 2. Fort Mill 3-1/7-4; 3. Nation Ford 2-3/8-8; 4. Gaffney 1-3/2-6; 5. Boiling Springs 1-3/10-6.
Region 4-5A: 1. Blythewood 5-0/11-4; 2. Ridge View 2-1/9-1; 3. Spring Valley 2-1/8-8; 4. Rock Hill 1-3/4-13; 5. Northwestern 0-5/0-6.
Region 3-4A: 1. Catawba Ridge 5-1/16-2; 2. Lancaster 5-1/13-4; 3. Indian Land 1-3/5-9; 4. York 1-4/5-4; 5. South Pointe 0-3/0-6.
Region 3-4A: 1. Chester 3-1/4-4; 2. Mid-Carolina 1-1/3-5; 3. Lower Richland 1-2/1-7; 4. Fairfield Central 1-2/3-2.
Region 4-2A: 1. Buford 7-0/10-4; 2. Andrew Jackson 3-2/9-5; 3. Cheraw 2-3/3-5; 4. Chesterfield 1-2/1-3; 5. Pageland Central 0-3/0-8; 6. North Central 0-3/1-8.
Region 2-1A: 1. Lewisville 8-0/15-4; 2. Great Falls 4-4/4-5; 3. McBee 2-2/2-4; 4. CA Johnson 1-4/1-4; 5. Midlands Stem 0-5/0-5.
Baseball: Lewisville wraps up area title
The Lewisville Lions claimed the Region 2-1A common season title with a 7-1 victory over the McBee Panthers Friday evening in Richburg.
After two scoreless innings, Lewisville took a 1-0 lead with a run within the backside of the third. They broke the competition open with 4 extra within the fourth body.
KJ Hemphill’s two-run triple was the large hit within the outburst. Luis Rosa-Rosa added a run-scoring triple to the rally. Seth Morrow, who was the profitable pitcher, contributed an RBI single.
The Lions outscored McBee 2-1 in the remainder of the way in which to earn the area crown.
The victory was the second in two days for the Lions over the Panthers. They routed McBee on the street on Thursday evening.
Lewisville accomplished its area season with a 6-0 mark. They are 7-7 general on the yr.
Other Rock Hill-area baseball scores
Clover 8, Nation Ford 3
Rock Hill 15, Ridge View 6
Fort Mill 5, Lewisville 4 (8)
Catawba Ridge 7, Indian Land 0
York 4, Lancaster 1
Andrew Jackson 6, Cheraw 0
Legion Collegiate 5, Carmel Christian 2
Clover 9, Nation Ford 2
Rock Hill 5, Ridge View 0
Fort Mill 8, Northwestern 3
Catawba Ridge 14, Indian Land 5
York 9, Lancaster 2
Legion Collegiate 4, Asheville Christian 3
Lewisville 14, McBee 0
Clover 10, Nation Ford 8
Catawba Ridge 8, Indian Land 6
Chesterfield 10, York Prep 0
Lewisville 7, McBee 1
Great Falls 4, CA Johnson 3
Baseball area standings
Region 3-5A: 1. Clover 8-1/15-2; 2. Nation Ford 4-5/4-11; 3. Boiling Spring 2-2/10-5; 4. Gaffney 1-2/3-11; 5. Fort Mill 1-6/9-5.
Region 4-5A: 1. Blythewood 8-0/15-1; 2. Spring Valley 7-4/9-7; 3. Northwestern 3-5/6-7; 4. Rock Hill 3-5/5-6; 5. Ridge View 0-7/0-9.
Region 3-4A: 1. Catawba Ridge 10-2/14-4; 2. York 5-3/7-8; 3. Indian Land 4-5/8-8; 4. Lancaster 2-6/5-10; 5. South Pointe 2-7/4-9.
Region 3-4A: Mid-Carolina 4-0/7-3; 2. Chester 3-1/5-5; 3. Fairfield Central 2-3/5-5; 4. Lower Richland 2-3/4-6; 5. Keenan 0-4/0-6.
Region 4-2A: 1. Andrew Jackson 5-0/15-1; 2. Chesterfield 8-2/11-4; 3. Buford 5-2/10-5; 4. North Central 2-4/4-6; 5. Cheraw 0-2/2-5; 6. York Prep 0-5/2-6; 7. Pageland Central 0-5/0-7.
Region 2-1A: 1. Lewisville 6-0/7-7; 2. McBee 3-2/4-9; 3. Great Falls 0-4/1-9; 4. CA Johnson 0-3/0-5.