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Watford's walk-off sends AAAA softball series to third game

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Hartsville – Senior Taylor Watford belted a walk-off solo homer in the bottom of the seventh to lift Hartsville to a 2-1 win over Union County on Monday, sending the Class AAAA state championship series to a third and deciding game.

Game three will be contested on Tuesday at Lancaster High School with the first pitch at 7 p.m. Union County (30-5) won game one, 5-3, a week ago. The series has been postponed by rain since last Tuesday.

Watford, headed to Ole Miss in the Fall, also limited a potent Union County offensive attack to the one run and had two hits in the game. Hartsville led 1-0 after an unearned run in the third inning before Union County tied the game on Bailey Betenbaugh’s RBI double in the top of the fourth

Betenbaugh, Union County’s all-state pitcher, and Watford then controlled the game in the later innings. Betenbaugh finished the game with seven strikeouts. She had 12 strikeouts in the game one victory.

“It was a good ball game between two good teams,” Hartsville head coach Tommy Garrison said. “We’re excited to win. It was a great way to win and I think it gives us some momentum going into game three. It should be a great game. We both have good clubs.”

Garrison complimented the play of his team’s defense behind the steady pitching effort of Watford.

“We don’t strike out many so our defense has to play well for us to have a chance,” the coach said. “They did a good job tonight. We have to do it one more time.”

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