Softball: Tigers sweep FD; Sharks’ run ends in extras

consoft-ftdorThe Conway High softball team’s magical season continued Wednesday with the Lady Tigers sweeping a doubleheader from host Fort Dorchester by a pair of runs in each game of the winner-take-all series.

Conway scored two runs in the first inning and made it stand up for a 2-1 victory in the opener. The Lady Tigers followed it up with a thrilling 3-2 comeback win over the Lady Patriots to advance to the Class 5A Lower State tournament.

Fort Dorchester attempted to flip the script on Conway by scoring two runs in the first inning in Game 2, just as the Lady Tigers did to start Game 1. But Conway scored two runs in the fifth to even the score, then tallied the game-winner on an unearned run in the sixth to complete the rally.

After suffering a 5-4 loss to Fort Dorchester on Saturday, the Lady Tigers won three straight one-run games to play their way out of the losers’ bracket. Conway will host White Knoll on Saturday in the first round of the double-elimination Lower State tournament.

* Beaufort 9, St. James 8: The Lady Sharks took the Lady Eagles to extra innings before falling short in walk-off fashion, ending a strong season for the Region 7-4A champions.

The see-saw battle saw the Lady Sharks claim a 5-1 lead entering the bottom of the fifth, when the Lady Eagles cut the deficit in half with a pair of runs. They tacked on five more runs in the sixth to take their first lead of the game.

But St. James responded with a pair of runs in the seventh to send the game into extras. Beaufort pushed the game-winner across in the eighth in a fitting finish to a competitive district tourney.

St. James’ Sydney Cook had a huge day at the plate, going 3-for-4 with four RBIs, a triple, and a run scored. Brooks Spiva went the distance for the Lady Sharks but took a tough loss. Beaufort outhit St. James 18-10.

Photo by Chuck Silvey

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