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Baseball reaches state finals; softball reaches Lower State finals

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Lake View – It wouldn’t be May if the Lake View High baseball and softball teams weren’t contending for a state championship.

Both successful programs are once again making a push for the ultimate prize in Class A. The baseball team, coached by Kip Herlong, won the Lower State championship in exciting fashion on May 10th. The Wild Gators sat in control with Hannah-Pamplico needing two wins on the same night to win the Lower State title.

Hannah-Pamplico came from behind in game one, winning, 5-3, handing Lake View their first regular season loss and setting up one game for all the marbles.

Lake View led early and throughout game two, eventually taking a 9-0 lead into the bottom of the seventh inning. The never-say-die Raiders made one last stand, scoring six runs in the final inning before Lake View halted the rally for a 9-6 win.

At this point in the season, coaches will tell you it doesn’t matter how you advance, as long as you advance.

“We made three errors in the last inning so we helped it along some, but credit those kids from Hannah-Pamplico for not giving up,” Herlong said.

Lake View (21-1) will begin the state championship best-of-three series on May 13th against top-ranked Lewisville. Herlong has led Lake View to seven titles, the last coming in 2006. This will be Herlong’s 10th appearance in the championship series.

“We are very happy to still be playing,” Herlong said. “We have our hands full with an excellent Lewisville club but we’ve got a shot. Our players have been tremendous all season. They are playing as hard as they can play. I’m really proud of their effort and I am certainly happy they have a chance to play for a state championship.”

Lake View should have their top two pitchers rested and ready for the championship series. Brent Herlong will likely start game one with Nick Collins taking the ball in game two.

“Nick has been our gamer all season,” Herlong said. “He’s been great all season. We kind of took it slowly with Brent but now he’s at full strength. He has pitched well during the playoffs.”

Herlong says the team continues to get offensive contributions from every hitter in the lineup. He also credits senior Stone Spivey for his leadership during the playoffs.

The Lake View softball team has the Lower State crown within reach but has work to do. Lake View travels to East Clarendon on May 12th needing to pull off a pair of wins to advance to the championship series. The Wild Gators advanced to the Lower State finals with an 11-1 win over Branchville on May 10th.

Lake View (18-4) has lost twice to East Clarendon this season but coach Brandy Huggins feels confident about her team’s chances.

“We’re very capable of playing with them but we need to play our very best,” Huggins said. “They are very good. They have good athletes, good players, and they are well-coached. We know what we have to do. Our girls are confident and if we can play our best, we have a chance.”

Huggins says her team has been consistent all season and says her players have plenty to be proud of, win or lose.

“We’ve had a good year,” Huggins said. “We want to continue playing and see how far we can go but we’ve had a good, solid season. I’m proud of their effort. They come to practice and play every day. They have great attitudes.”

Spivey Evans leads the team in hitting this season, sporting a .547 batting average while scoring 35 runs and driving in 16. Sarah Evans is hitting .491 with 20 RBI’s and 20 runs scored while Logan Spivey is hitting .485 with 33 hits, 25 runs and 20 RBI’s.

 Savannah Church is hitting .458 with 26 runs and 20 RBI’s and Alex Elliott is hitting .447 with 34 hits, 25 runs and 33 RBI’s. Jasmine Ford has 28 hits and is batting .438 while scoring 25 runs, with Madison Greene hitting .415 with 28 runs scored. Payton Bell is hitting .371 with 24 RBI’s and Kayla Herlong is hitting .364. Grace Floyd is hitting .273 and has 12 pitching wins with a 2.87 earned run average. Logan Spivey has six pitching wins.

 

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