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Pee Dee's Five Run First Inning Holds Up For 6-4 Win Over Williamsburg Academy In First game Of SCISA AA Softball Title Series

Pee Dee’s Five Run First Inning Holds Up In 6-4 Win Over Williamsburg Academy In First game Of SCISA AA Softball Title Series 

By Billy G. Baker

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Mullins—No doubt two of the best softball teams in any SCISA classification met in game one of a best of three state title series Monday night as Pee Dee Academy (23-6) put a five spot on the board in the first inning and then hung on for a 6-4 win over Williamsburg Academy.

These two  extremely talented SCISA AA teams, weather permitting, will play game two in Kingstree Tuesday night at 7 p.m.

“This was one of the first times our lead off (Lacy Johnson) batter has swung at the first pitch all season and I told her I wanted to kiss her for getting on base and giving us a spark to start the game,” said head coach Bill Rogers. “If we can get her own base we always have a good chance of scoring and she got things started for us.”

Coach Rogers was also pleased with pitcher Bailey Elvington. “She’s a competitor and she fights, and she never gives up,” he said. “She changes speeds real good and she did a super job tonight.”

Pee Dee starts five seniors and their leadership showed throughout the game. “Four of them have been around for five or six years and the other senior has been hurt and has only played for the first time this season,” said Coach Rogers.

After a long 15 minute huddle talk with his team in the outfield after the game WA head coach Walt Fulton told the HSSR, “I am very proud of our girls showing a lot of fight after we got down in the first inning against a quality team,” said Coach Fulton. “I kept telling them to keep their heads up and they kept battling. In the bottom of the 6th Pee Dee’s first team is still playing because a two run lead is not safe.

“Our last two state championships went to three games and we still have four or five girls on this team who got championship rings on those two back-to-back teams,” said Coach Fulton. “We talked about that after the game. We hope to bounce back in Kingstree and we have only loss at home a couple times in the past three seasons. We tend to play much better at home.”

The Stallion start three veteran seniors in Gause, Easler and Reynolds.     

Pee Dee sent 9 batters to the plate in the first inning off starter Madison Lamb. After Pee Dee built a 3-0 lead off of two singles, a double, and a two base error, junior Kinslee Wilson was brought in with no outs. Lacy Johnson led off the inning with a bunt single and scored one batter later  on a two base fielding error on a well hit ground ball by Anna Grace Johnson then singled to score  Johnson making it 2-0. A power alley double brought in Johnson for a 3-0 lead. 

Wislon came in with one runner on. She fanned the first batter she faced and then Lauren Eskridge singled to score courtesy runner Riley McLaurtin to make the score 4-0. The 5th run came in on a double down the line by Brittany Moore. The next Pee Dee batter went down on strikes to end the inning.

Over the next five innings Wilson struck-out 8 batters and gave up just three hits and one additional run in the 3rd after the first inning uprising by the Eagles. Pee Dee got their final run when Elvington led off with a single and courtesy runner McLaurin later scored and an RBI single by Summer Calhoun.

Williamsburg put three runs across the plate in the top of the third. Wilson led off the inning with a walk, and then Jeana Faye Reynolds singled to put runners on first and second. Marti Easler then reached on a throwing error off a sac bunt that scored Wilson for WA's first run. Kendall McKenzie then drilled a double through the infield scoring Reynolds for the second run. On the same play Easler was tagged out at the plate. Madi Watford singled in McKenzie for the Stallions third run.

WA added their final run in the top of the 4th after Strickland led off with a single and advanced to second on a sac bunt by Allie Brown. Strickland the singled to put WA runners on first and third with one out. Easler then hit a ball to deep third base and beat the throw to first for a single and RBI as Reynolds scored on the play. The next WA batter hit in a ground out to end the inning.

In the WA 6th inning the lady Stallions mounted their final comeback after two-outs. Easler reached on a single and then McKenzie doubled to put runners at second and third. Brandy Gause, who had two fly balls to the warning track for long outs in the game, was then intentionally walked to load the bases. The next WA batter took a third called strike three to end the inning.

Bailey Elvington went the distance for Pee Dee in the circle giving up 8 hits. She had three strike-outs.      


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