Conway claims first home playoff game in six years

consoft-hemingwaycoachThe last time the Conway High softball team hosted a home playoff game, Neci Hemingway was in the second grade.

Now an eighth-grader and the ace pitcher on the Lady Tigers’ staff, she helped her team lock up a first-round home game this postseason in Thursday’s 7-1 victory at Region 6-4A foe Sumter.

Hemingway pitched a four-hitter and struck out four from the mound, and went 1-for-4 with a run scored at the plate to help the Lady Tigers secure second place in the region and a home game.

“It’s the first time we’ve hosted a playoff game in six years,” Conway coach Mike Skipper said. “Last season, we went on the road, but it was the first time in the playoffs in five years. It’s been a long time coming. My girls have endured a lot throughout the years and it’s really nice to see the hard work paying off.”

Conway’s Kady Edwards led the Lady Tigers at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a double, triple and three RBIs. RBI), Breanna Van Deusen (1-4, triple, RBI) and Madison Gore (1-3, two runs scored) also had big games.

Conway, which was playing for the fourth consecutive day after winning the Grand Strand Softball Classic’s three-day tournament, is off until next week against rival Carolina Forest.

Photo by Chuck Silvey

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