Lady Warriors host annual Invitational
By Chris Sokoloski
The 16th annual Waccamaw Invitational Softball Tournament kicks off Friday, and the Lady Warriors are looking to regain the title after having their eight-year championship streak snapped in 2012.
Waccamaw had won the title from 2004 to 2011, but fell to Abbeville last year. The Lady Warriors also won titles in 1998, 1999, 2001 and 2002, and were runners-up in 2003.
Abbeville was the No. 1 team in the state in Class A during the tournament last year, and the current No. 1 team in Class A, Lewisville, is in this year’s tournament. The other participants are: Johnsonville, which has been ranked No. 1 in Class A this season; Hannah-Pamplico, which started the season ranked but has struggled; and Carvers Bay.
Waccamaw is 12-3 on the season.
“We’ve played pretty well,” said coach Scott Streiffert.
Waccamaw has lost to Dillon, Wando and Summerville.
“We just need to go one game at a time,” Streiffert said. “It will be a challenge for us this weekend. All these teams can hit the ball.”
The Waccamaw Invitational schedule is:
Friday: 11 a.m., Waccamaw vs. Johnsonville; 1 p.m., Johnsonville vs. Carvers Bay; 3 p.m., Carvers Bay vs. Lewisville; 5 p.m., Lewisville vs. Hannah-Pamplico; 7 p.m., Waccamaw vs. Hannah-Pamplico.
Saturday: 10 a.m., Waccamaw vs. Carvers Bay; noon, Carvers Bay vs. Hannah-Pampico; 2 p.m., Hannah-Pampico vs. Johnsonville; 4 p.m., Johnsonville vs Lewisville; 6 p.m., Waccamaw vs. Lewisville; 8 p.m., championship game.
Waccamaw wrapped up play before spring break winning a doubleheader over Minford, Ohio, at the Ripken Experience in Myrtle Beach.
The Lady Warriors used two six-run innings to power past Minford 13-2 in game one.
Olivia Dunlap, Melaina Moore, McKenzie Lugin and Sam Tansey each had two hits. Tansey ended the game in the fifth inning with a three-run inside-the-park home run.
Hallie Butler gave up two runs (one earned) and scattered two hits for her sixth win of the season.
Lugin struck out 10 Lady Falcons and had an inside-the-park home run to lift Waccamaw to a 6-3 win in game two. Emily Heimberger also had an inside-the-park home run.
Lugin’s two-run home run in the seventh inning gave the Lady Warriors a 6-4 win over Aynor last week.
Lugin went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and struck out seven to pick up her fifth win of the season.
Heimberger went 3-for-4; and Moore went 2-for-3, with a triple, three runs and two RBIs.
“That was a big region win for us,” Streiffert said.
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