Softball: Hemingway hot on mound, plate in playoff win

con-hemingwayhomerConway High softball fans have waited six years to see the Lady Tigers win a playoff game on their home diamond. The Lady Tigers gave them plenty to cheer about on Satuday.

Second-seeded Conway defeated Colleton County 7-1 in an elimination game, keeping the Lady Tigers’ postseason hopes alive for at least one more game. Conway hosts a rematch with North Augusta, which won the first-round meeting between the two teams on Thursday, at 6 p.m. Monday.

The Lady Tigers were led by eighth-grade pitcher Neci Hemingway (9-7), who gave up only four hits while striking out nine batters. She also delivered a big blow from the plate with a three-run homer in the fourth inning to break the game wide open.

Another eighth-grader, Ashley Rowell (2-for-2), also had a big day with the bat with a walk, single and double. Haylee Owens (1-for-3, RBI, run scored), Madison Gore (1-for-3, run scored), Coker Edge (1-for-4), Ashlyn Hardwick (1-for-4) and Breanna Van Deusen (1-for-4, run scored) also had big hits for Conway.

* Carolina Forest 1, Cane Bay 0: Emily Merriam pitched a complete-game shutout and went 2-for-3 at the plate to lead the Lady Panthers (12-10) to victory in a playoff elimination game at home.

Merriam scattered eight hits and, with the help of her defense, got out of several jams to hold the Cobras at bay. The Lady Panthers manufactured their lone run in the fifth inning when Jessica Lembcke doubled and scored a sacrifice.

Carolina Forest managed only five hits but it was enough to keep their playoff hopes alive. They travel to Dutch Fork in a first-round rematch at 6 p.m. Monday.

Photo by Chuck Silvey

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