Carolina Forest’s state title hopes crushed by Hillcrest

Carolina Forest’s quest for its first state title since joining Class AAAA fell one win short in Monday night’s Game 3 of the state title series.

The Lady Panthers suffered a 6-0 defeat at the hands of top-ranked Hillcrest on Monday night at Blythewood High School, ending their impressive season at 24-4.

After winning Game 1 by a 1-0 score at Hillcrest last Tuesday, the Lady Panthers seemed poised to capture the school’s only team title in a sport other than girls golf.

But after falling 7-1 last Friday night at Carolina Forest, the Lady Panthers’ bats fell silent again when they needed them most. They managed only two hits on the night.

The Lady Rams (31-3) scored three runs in the first inning to put Carolina Forest in an early hole it couldn’t dig out of.  Freshman pitcher Emily Merriam relieved senor starter Rachel Lembcke but it was too little too late as Hillcrest held on for the shutout.

Hillcrest is the only team from the state of South Carolina to defeat Carolina Forest all season. Both previous losses came in the Grand Strand Softball Classic against visiting schools.

Photo by Rancier Photography

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