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KERSHAW – Lancaster rallied to edge host Andrew Jackson, the second-ranked team in the Class AA state poll, in a 3-2 win on Wednesday, Feb. 27 in the fourth annual Lancaster County Classic Preseason Softball Tournament.
Buford notched a 2-1 win over Indian Land in another exciting tournament game.
LHS third baseman Claire Brown, who drilled two hits, laced a hit to right field to score Ashley Abbott to lift the LHS girls to the victory.
“The preseason tournament is a great opportunity for us as coaches to look at our players and test their skills as well as find the best lineup for our program,” LHS coach Kim Perry said. “Coach Middleton does a wonderful job getting teams involved that are very competitive.
“This was a great win this early in the season,” Perry said. “We have a lot of young players. Some of our veteran players are playing different positions as well. This was a huge mental boost for our program. We are very proud of them.
“We knew coming into the game that we would all have to play our best to win. AJ has always been great competition for us, and tonight was no different,” Perry said. “They have a solid program.”
Brown led the Lady Bruins with two hits, including a double, and drove in a run. Elizabeth Gaston belted a home run. Kaela Robinson added two hits for LHS.
Savannah Revels and Abbott each scored a run for LHS.
Katy Ghent, in seven innings, took the win, allowing two runs in facing 27 batters. She had three strikeouts, a walk, hit a batter and allowed five hits.
Hannah Cobb, who went the distance for AJ, took the loss.
The Lady Vols were led by Haley Faulkenberry who had two hits. Kinsley Adams, Taylor Grace McGowan and Sims each had a hit for AJ
Angela Sims’ RBI-double to score Morgan Bailey gave AJ a 2-1 lead before the LHS girls rallied for the win.
“Give Lancaster credit, Katy Ghent pitched great and they played well on defense,” AJ coach Steve Middleton said. “I wish the outcome had been different, but it was really a great atmosphere.
“We played well, but we have to do a better job of closing out games,” Middleton said.
Buford, ranked No. 3 in Class AA softball, topped Indian Land, 2-1.
The Lady Jackets scored two runs early and held on for the win behind hurler Sydney Sullivan who fanned four and allowed three hits.
Buford was led by Carson Mehaffey, Mikayla Hannah, Ashley Lloyd and Cassidy Solomon with one hit each.
Kayla Price took the loss for the Lady Warriors.
Ally Whoy singled and had a RBI to lead the Indian Land girls. Malya Flynn and Kelsi Funk each had a single. Price laced a double for the Lady Warriors.
Action continues tonight, Friday, March 1 when play moves to the Lancaster High School field where action opens with Central meeting Rock Hill at 5 p.m. Host Lancaster takes on Union County at 6:20 and AJ meets Union County at 7:30.
At Indian Land, the host Lady Warriors play Chester at 5 p.m. on Friday and Clover battles Chester at 6:30. The IL Lady Warriors meet Clover at 7:30.
All action continues on Saturday, March 2 at the Springdale Recreation Complex.
Pool play games have AJ playing at 11 a.m., Buford at 12:15 p.m., Indian Land at 12:15 and Lancaster waiting for its seeding game Saturday afternoon.
On the junior varsity side, all action takes places Friday, March 1 at the Buford High School field at BHS an the Buford Recreation field.
On the BHS field, Buford and the Indian Land jayvees play at 4:45 p.m. Central and Buford meet at 6:15 and Indian Land plays Central at 7:30. On the Buford recreation field, Lancaster and Northwestern play at 4:45 p.m., with Fort Mill facing Northwestern at 6:15. AJ meets Fort Mill at 7:30.
All the junior varsity tournament action moves to the Springdale Park Complex on Saturday with games starting at 9:30 a.m.
Both the championship games – varsity and junior varsity – are slated to begin at 4:15 p.m.
Admission is $5 each day.
Middleton, the tournament organizer, said he appreciates the Lancaster County Recreation Department for letting the games be played at the Springdale Park Complex on Saturday, March 2.
“We’re glad to have the help and support of the Lancaster County Recreation Department,” Middleton said. “We have fine softball talent in our county each year and fans in the state recognize our county for that. We had a great atmosphere at AJ on Wednesday and I know it will be the same the rest of the way.”
The tournament is sponsored by Founders Federal Credit Union and H&H Chevrolet.
The other tourney sponsors include Thaxton Insurance, Kershaw Hardware, Kevin Robinson Heating and Cooling, Lynches River Electric Co-Op..