The Sharks jumped out to a 1-0 lead thanks to an RBI single by Zack Cook, but the Falcons exploded for five runs in the fourth inning and never let off the gas en route to a 12-1 blowout victory in the Lower State tournament winners’ bracket.
The Sharks, who won their tourney opener over Chapin on Saturday, face a rematch with the Eagles on Wednesday. They need to beat Chapin and sweep a doubleheader from AC Flora on Friday to return to the Class AAA state title series.The St. James softball team’s season came to a painful finish on Monday in the losers’ bracket of the Class AAA Lower State tournament.
* Chapin 5, St. James 2: Tied at 2-2 in the bottom of the seventh inning, the Lady Sharks gave up a three-run, walk-off home run to suffer a season-ending 5-2 defeat at Chapin.
The game was scoreless through four innings before both teams managed to plate a pair of runs. The game appeared headed to extra innings until the Lady Eagles went deep for the dramatic win.
The Lady Sharks suffered a 9-3 loss to No. 1-ranked Hartsville on Saturday, giving them two losses in the double-elimination Lower State tournament.
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