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A trio of county prep softball teams are bidding to stay alive in the state playoffs.
Andrew Jackson, Buford and Lancaster each has a loss in the playoffs.
Lancaster and AJ faced elimination games Tuesday, while Buford travels to Dixie High of Due West today seeking two wins over the Lady Hornets to take the district title.
Lancaster stayed alive in the Class AAAA Upper State playoffs on Monday night, taking a 7-4 win over Westside High of Anderson.
Senior hurler Courtney Cauthen hurled a six-hitter and walked two in posting the win. The right-hander fanned seven.
Cauthen aided her cause with two hits, a walk and scored a run. Crystal Cauthen had a hit and scored a run. Sarah Amason supplied a hit and scored a run. Angela Faile, Anna Howey and Cherrell Cousar each drew two walks and scored a run. Shay McIlwain tallied a run for Lancaster.
Westside finished 8-14 on the season.
Lancaster was actually slated to play Saturday, but its foe at that time was unknown because the Westside vs. Mauldin game was postponed two days because Mauldin High School was closed due to concern with students having swine flu symptoms.
LHS was home Tuesday night to face Clover in an elimination game.
Clover edged Lancaster 3-1 in its playoff opener on Thursday.
The LHS-Clover winner moves on to face Mauldin, which defeated Clover in a winner’s bracket game on Monday night.
Lancaster fell to Clover in its Class AAAA Upstate playoff opener as Courtney Cauthen took the loss.
She allowed three runs, five hits and three walks. The right-hander fanned five.
Cauthen had two hits to lead the LHS attack. Crystal Cauthen, Angela Faile and Sarah Amason each added a hit for LHS..
Lancaster qualified for the Class AAAA softball playoffs as the runner-up from Region IV-AAAA.
Buford rolls over W-S
The Buford High School Lady Jackets rebounded from a tough 4-3 loss to Dixie High of Due West on Saturday to down Wagener Salley 23-1.
Buford, which defeated Wagener-Salley in the opening game of the Class A Upper State playoffs, rolled behind the pitching of junior hurler Jena Hallman.
Hallman, a right-hander, struck out 12 and allowed only four hits in the Lady Jackets’ 22-run win.
Jordan Boone and Madisson Finley each drilled three hits to pace a 16-hit attack.
Carley Bailey, Leslie Pressley, Lindsey Pressley and Hallman each had two hits for the winners.
Catie Rowell belted a two-run homer. Lauren Rowell also had a run batted in for the winners.
On Saturday, Dixie High of Due West rallied from a 3-0 deficit to take its one-run win.
Hallman worked 6.2 innings and struck out seven. She walked none and allowed six hits and three runs. Carley Bailey allowed one run.
Lindsey Pressley drilled two singles, while Kayla Lloyd had a two-run hit. Hallman lashed a triple and scored a run.
Madisson Finley chipped in a run-scoring hit. Leslie Pressley and Jordan Boone each had a hit for the Lady Jackets.
Bailey drew a walk and scored a run. Daphne Honeycutt scored a run. Buford opened the playoffs with a 10-1 victory over Wagener-Salley last Thursday.
AJ Lady Vols face Saluda
Andrew Jackson faced Saluda in a Class AA Upper State playoff game Tuesday in hopes of staying alive in the tournament.
The game was originally set for Monday, but was reset for Tuesday due to the threat of rain at the Lady Volunteers field.
AJ entered play with a 17-8 record, while Saluda owned a 19-5 record.
The Lady Vols dropped a 7-1 loss to Crescent in Iva on Saturday in a second-round Class AA Upper State winner’s bracket game.
Kori Ballard, 8-8, took the loss.
Tristan Faile, Chelsea Holden, Tara Roberts and Natalie Dove each had a hit for the Lady Volunteers.
Lady Warriors win
Indian Land captured its second straight extra-inning win, downing host Ninety Six 4-1 in nine innings on Saturday.
The IL win sends the Lady Warriors to the Class A District IV title game at IL on Thursday.
Indian Land meets the Ninety-Six vs. Fox Creek winner in a game to be played tonight.
In the win over Ninety Six on Saturday, Kristin Campbell, 10-8, was the winning hurler.
Campbell drilled two singles to back the Lady Warriors’ cause. Catcher Beth Martin had two hits. Maranda Garris drilled two singles and drove in two runs. Katie Jowers had a hit and drove in a run. Alex Greenawalt had a single and tallied a run.
Alyssa Hartley added a hit.
The IL defense also turned a triple play.
The Lady Warriors opened the playoffs with a 5-2 win over Fox Creek on Thursday.
Campbell was the winner, striking out 10. She aided the IL cause with three hits.
Paige Brugh went 3-4 with a double and drove in two runs. Martin also had three hits and scored twice for the IL girls.