Lady Cardinals down Buford for Upstate crown

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By The Staff

Landrum didn’t waste time in wrapping up the Class AA Upper State softball championship on Friday at the Lady Cardinals’ field.
Landrum rolled to a 15-0 win over the Lady Jackets in five innings to win the Class AA Upper State championship and a bid to the state title series this week.
The Lady Cardinals scored five runs in the first inning and added two in the second, a pair in the third and six in the fourth to wrap up the Class AA Upstate softball crown.
Michelle Suddeth sparked Landrum, going 4-4 with four RBIs and she scored three runs in the game.
Landrum pitcher Caitlyn Cox threw a two-hitter and struck out two and allowed a walk.
Cox, at the plate, was 3-4 with a single, double and three-run homer in the Lady Cardinals’ first inning.
Landrum’s Sarah Price scored four runs and reached on a single, double and was hit by a pitch.
Buford, which finished 17-10, was led by Aspen King who had the lone Lady Jackets hits. Hannah Boone also had a walk for the BHS girls.
Buford, the Region IV-AA runner-up to Andrew Jackson, earned a bid to the Class AA Upper State championship series as the District II champion.
BHS, in the Upstate title series, fell to Landrum, 7-3 in the tournament opener, but came back to post wins over Cheraw and Andrew Jackson to face Landrum again.
The teams were slated to play Thursday, but the game was rained out and reset for Friday when BHS needed two games over the Cardinals to advance to the state title series for the third straight year.
The game was also the same day as Buford’s prom, and Landrum officials, with a request from BHS school officials to play the game Saturday, agreed to move the game, but S.C. High School League officials wouldn’t move the game and it was played Friday afternoon at Landrum.
Landrum, with the win over Buford, advanced to the best-of-three state title series, which opened Monday when host Andrews took a 2-1 win.
Landrum hosts game two today, with a third game, if needed, set for Friday at a netural site decided by a coin flip.