Midland Valley 1
The Midland Valley High School softball team’s season came to an end in extra innings of the District 6 championship game. The Mustangs (18-9) fell on the road to Hartsville in the eighth inning. Hartsville got its leadoff hitter on in the bottom of the eighth with score tied at 1-all. It proceeded to move her to third base with back-to-back sacrifice bunts, a strategy that paid off when the next batter went back up the middle with an Emily Mayson pitch for the walk-off hit.
“Emily hung a screwball too much inside,” Midland Valley coach Michelle Yeater said of her starting pitcher, who tossed a complete game while recording a pair of strikeouts. “Emily was pitching great. We had very good defense behind her. … They put the bat on the ball. They’re a good hitting team.”
Yeater said she was proud of the way her team played, saying this was the execution she was waiting for all season. The only problem was lack of back-to-back hits that prevented the Mustangs from scoring more than a single run in the third inning. That came courtesy of Kaylee Riggs, who was knocked home on Morgan Smith’s RBI hit.
Mackenzie Henderson went 2-for-4 for Midland Valley, which will lose four seniors from this squad. The graduating upperclassmen include Riggs, Savannah Parsons, Kayla Morris and Alexis Bates.
“We gained a lot of experience,” said Yeater, who praised her team for rallying from a first-inning deficit. “We went down 1-0 in the first inning and they didn’t give up. I’m very proud of them.”
South Aiken 6
AC Flora 0
The South Aiken High School girls soccer team closed a very successful regular season Thursday with a big win over AC Flora in non-region action. Jessica Schifer had three goals for the Thoroughbreds (17-2-1), who tied for the Region 5-AAAA championship. Sabrina Giancroce contributed a goal and three assists, while Laura Barnes and Miranda Gay each added a goal. Macey Bosley, Alaina Gay and Avery Ofoje had an assist apiece for South Aiken, which will open the Class AAAA playoffs at home on Monday at 6:30 p.m. against Irmo.