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Hanahan edges Palmetto, 2-1, in game one of AAA softball title series

Hanahan – One down, one to go for the Hanahan High softball team as they inch closer to their second consecutive Class AAA state championship.

Hanahan edged Palmetto, 2-1, to take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three championship series. The Hawkettes held serve at home and will seek to wrap up the 2018 title at Palmetto on Wednesday.

Emily Elmore delivered a two-run double in the bottom of the first inning and Drayton Siegling struck out seven while scattering four hits as the Hawkettes held off the Mustangs.

“That was a really big hit by Emily,” Hanahan coach Katrina Moffett said. “We hit some other really nice balls but they (Palmetto) made the plays. We just have to keep focusing on being aggressive at the plate.”

Elmore’s blast over the left fielders head and to the fence came with two outs and scored Ashley Meckley and Ashlyn Cribb. Meckley reached base on a bunt single and Cribb was hit by a pitch with two outs. Little did anyone expect those would be the only two runs scored by the Hawkettes in the game.

Siegling was consistent in the strike zone throughout, facing only one mild threat. Palmetto scored an unearned run in the fifth but had two on with no outs. Siegling fanned three hitters in the frame to escape further damage.

After an infield single by Faith Bowen, Hanahan botched a fielder’s choice grounder to put two on. Siegling responded with a pair of strikeouts before Claire Ellison delivered a run-scoring single up the middle. Siegling ended the threat with a strikeout of Addi English.

“They are aggressive at the plate but Drayton hit her spots really well,” Moffett said. “They’re a good hitting team. I am sure they will make some adjustments for Wednesday.”

Palmetto coach Bryan Davis says the defending state champions play with confidence but feels his team is right in the thick of the series.

“I thought we settled in after the first inning but it was a tight game,” Davis said. “Tip your hat to them. They played like a defending champion. They’re a veteran team and they made one more play.

“This was a tough loss to a great team. Now we have to make some adjustments for Wednesday and take our best shot at our field. I knew this might come down to a one run game because both teams have good pitching.”

Moffett says her team’s big game experience has been a solid advantage throughout the playoffs and was evident on Monday night.

“Six of our nine starters played in that game (state finals) last year and we have a lot of senior leadership as well,” Moffett said. “Having that experience and maturity and leadership is benefitting us greatly. We came out with a lot of confidence today.”

Hanahan finished the game with five hits. Siegling reached base twice on a walk and a single.


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