EC softball team wins region title
TURBEVILLE — The East Clarendon High School softball team used a 9-run fourth inning to turn a close game into a rout in its 11-6 win over Hannah-Pamplico Friday that clinched the Region VII-1A title for the Lady Wolverines at the EC field.
After falling behind 3-0 in the first inning, East Clarendon pounded out seven hits in a row to take control of the game and knock out Raider starting pitcher Emily Cox, who had given up just two hits prior to the fourth-inning explosion.
Elizabeth Stone had the big blow in the fourth as she delivered a 3-run, bases-clearing triple to help the Lady Wolverines take a commanding 8-3 lead.
Wolverine head coach Judy Coker pointed to an unusual circumstance for her team's slow start.
"They had prom last night," said Coker, whose team improved to 13-5 overall and finished 10-0 in region play. "They were sluggish because of that, but we had some help with the fans and the will to win the game kicked in."
Third basemen Kayla Carsten led the Lady Wolverines, going 4-for-4 with three singles, a triple and two runs batted in. East Clarendon finished with 15 hits.
Sloane Welsh pitched the entire game to get the win for the Lady Wolverines. She scattered 10 hits in picking up the win.
With the win, the Lady Wolverines clinched the No.1 seed from Region VII in the 1A state playoffs. East Clarendon will play host to the No.4 team from Region VIII in the first round of the District VII tournament beginning April 19. EC will be the host team as long as it remains in the winners bracket.
"We're excited about it, and we're excited about how far we could go," Coker said.
Third baseman Dill Pickler led the way for Hannah-Pamplico, which finished 8-2 in region play, by going 2-for-2 with a pari of run-scoring singles and a walk.