Lady Warriors in driver's seat; BHS travels to remain in hunt

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Prep softball playoffs

By The Staff

Indian Land is in the driver’s seat for the Class A Upper State softball title, while Buford hits the road today in hopes of staying alive in its quest for the Upstate crown.

The Lady Warriors blanked Landrum 2-0 on Monday to stay unbeaten in the Class A Upstate title series.

Buford, which fell to Landrum 3-0 on Saturday to open the Class A Upstate softball tournament, stayed alive with a dramatic 6-5 win over McBee on Monday in an elimination game. The BHS win set up a showdown with Landrum today to decide which team faces Indian Land for the Class A Upstate title on Friday at IL.

Determined BHS, 21-9, scored four runs in the top of the seventh inning to erase a 4-2 McBee lead and forge a 6-4 advantage.

Hannah Knight, who had a big night at the plate with three hits and three RBI, delivered a RBI-double to tally Carley Bailey for a 5-4 edge. Kayla Lloyd later tallied Knight on a fielder’s choice for a 6-4 lead. Earlier in the inning, BHS sisters Leslie and Lindsey Pressley each scored a run to tie the game.

McBee rallied for a run in the bottom of the seventh, but winning hurler Jena Hallman, 17-8, worked out of a one-out bases-loaded jam, getting a force at home to Leslie Pressley and a game-ending groundout to Bailey at third base.

Knight led the offense with three hits, three RBIs and scored a run. Lindsey Pressley, who had a dramatic two-run home run in the Lady Jackets’ 3-2 district-title clinching win at Dixie last week, delivered two hits and scored twice. Leslie Pressley had a hit and scored a run. Hallman added a hit and scored a run.

Hallman struck out eight and allowed nine hits and two walks.

Lady Warriors blank LHS

The Indian Land Lady Warriors tallied two runs in the second inning and Beth Martin, 4-2, hurled the shutout in a 2-0 IL win Monday.

Haley Vachon paced the 15-11 Lady Warriors’ five-hit attack with a double, single and the game’s only runs batted in.

Kelly Pauls, the IL hero Saturday with the grand slam in the win over McBee, had a hit and scored a run. Alyssa Hartley was hit by a pitch and later tallied a run.

Paige Brugh and Katie Jowers each had a hit for the winners.

IL downs McBee

The Indian Land Lady Warriors advanced to the winner’s bracket of the Class A Upper State championship series with a 6-2 home win over McBee on Saturday afternoon.

The Lady Warriors, 14-11, snapped a 1-all draw in the third inning when Kelly Pauls unloaded a grand slam to lift IL to a 5-1 lead on the Lady Panthers. Indian Land added a single run in the fourth to gain a 6-1 edge.

Beth Martin hurled the Lady Warriors to the win, striking out three and allowing two walks. She scattered five hits.

Paige Brugh paced the IL attack with three hits and drove in a run. Martin backed her cause with a double, single and scored a run.

 Pauls had the grand slam. Alex Greenawalt had a hit and tallied a run.

Katie Jowers added a hit. Kristin Campbell scored two runs and Maranda Garris had a sacrifice.