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AJ, IL girls advance

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By Ernie Rowell

The Andrew Jackson Lady Volunteers and Indian Land Lady Warriors each advanced in impressive fashion in the high school softball playoff action Wednesday.

Indian Land captured the Class A District III title with an 8-2 win over Southside Christian of Greenville.IL, unbeaten in postseason action, drilled 13 hits and used the combined pitching effort of Kristin Campbell and Kimber Coley to notch the six-run win.Campbell yielded one hit, while Coley, who entered in the sixth inning, surrendered four hits.Jacquelyn Delaune and Beth Martin triggered the Lady Warriors’ offense with three hits each. Delaune’s effort included a double and a pair of runs batted in.Martin chipped in a RBI.Coley also had a solid day at the plate, rapping two triples and driving in a run for the winners. Alex Geenawalt aided the IL 13-hit attack with a pair of hits and drove in a run.“Our pitchers combined to pitch well and we responded with 13 hits,” Indian Land coach Monica Barfield said. “On defense, we made only one error, so we did a good job playing defense behind our pitchers.”Southside Christian made six errors.Indian Land launches the Class A Upper State championship series on Saturday when the Lady Warriors face Fox Creek at 3 p.m.The IL-Fox Creek winner advances to face the McBee-Chesterfield victor on Monday. The two losers will also play Monday.AJ wins district crownAndrew Jackson drilled 11 hits and sophomore hurler Chelsea Vincent provided a stellar pitching effort in helping the Lady Vols to a 9-1 win over Andrews.The eight-run win gave AJ, the two-time defending Class AA state softball champion, the Class AA District VIII crown.Vincent, in a route job, struck out six and allowed two hits and no walks.The Lady Vols snapped a scoreless draw in the second inning with a four-run rally. AJ added a single run in the third inning and added four runs in the fourth to take a 9-0 lead.Andrews avoided the shutout with a run in the seventh inning.Casey Hammond and Chelsea Holden each had two hits and drove in a pair of runs. Tristan Faile supplied two hits and drove in a run. Lauren Kirk also had two hits.Senior third baseman Caroline Phillips notched a hit and drove in two runs.Tessa Faile and Natalie Dove each had a hit to boost the AJ offense.“We were able to get some key hits and produce some early runs,” AJ coach Steve Middleton said. “That gave us confidence and we were able to keep the momentum throughout the game.”AJ opens the Class AA Lower State title series Saturday when the Lady Vols, 19-9, host Hanahan.Hanahan advanced with a 7-0 win over Buford in the Class AA Lower State District VII title game.The AJ-Hanahan winner moves on to face the Central-Cheraw survivor on Monday.Lady Hawks winHanahan, 21-4, claimed the Class AA Lower State District VII softball championship with a 7-0 win over Buford on Wednesday afternoon.Hanahan broke to a 1-0 lead and scored six runs in the third to take the win.Hanahan’s Laura Moore tossed a one-hitter and struck out three.Allison Adams’ three-run double in the third inning sparked HHS.Moore aided her cause with three hits, a RBI and scored a run. Courtney Murdaugh added three hits, drove in a run and scored two runs.Lindsey Pressley had the lone BHS hit. Buford hurler Jena Hallman, who allowed 11 hits and three walks, had four strikeouts.Buford qualified for the Class AA Lower State playoffs as the fourth seed out of Conference VIII-AA.