Lady Warriors win Waccamaw Invitational
By Chris Sokoloski
Waccamaw High’s softball team beat Hannah-Pamplico 11-2 on Saturday to reclaim the Waccamaw Invitational title.
It was the Lady Warriors 12th championship in the tournament’s 16-year history. Waccamaw has also been runners-up twice, including last year.
“I am very pleased with how we played,” said coach Scott Streiffert. “The key for us was we were more consistent than anyone else.”
Coming off an eight-day layoff since their last game, the Lady Warriors were a little sloppy in the first game of the tournament, committing four errors that resulted in four unearned runs in a 10-5 win over Johnsonville.
Most of Waccamaw’s starters had hits and Sam Leonard, Caitlyn Krask and Melaina Moore had RBIs.
Hallie Butler got the win.
In game two, Waccamaw scored nine runs in the first two innings en route to a 14-3 win over Hannah-Pamplico.
Emily Heimberger had four hits, four runs and two RBIs; Olivia Dunlap had three hits and four RBIs; and Butler and Riley Morris had two hits each. In total, Waccamaw had 14 hits in the game.
McKenzie Lugin scattered six hits and struck out seven to pick up the win.
Heimiberger and Isabel Sanchez each had three hits to lead Waccamaw past Carvers Bay 18-2 in game three.
Butler, Moore, Morris and Madison Homnick all had two hits.
Scottie Stone went 2-for-2 with a double and a single for the Lady Bears.
Butler got the win.
Moore had four hits in Waccamaw’s 15-1 win over Lewisville in game four.
Morris had three hits and Lugin, Dunlap and Leah Boghosian had two hits each.
Lugin got the win.
Butler got her third win of the tournament in the championship game.
Morris had four of Waccamaw’s 12 hits. Butler and Boghosian each had two hits.
Although rain delayed the start of the tournament on Friday, it was the 16th straight year without a game being canceled due to weather.
“The field held up pretty well,” Streiffert said.
Carvers Bay went winless in the tournament, losing to Johnsonville 13-6, Lewisville 15-5, Waccamaw 18-2 and Hannah-Pamplico 16-1.
Hannah-Pamplico went 3-2, Johnsonville went 2-2, and Lewisville went 1-3.
It was a disappointing two days for Lewisville, which arrived in Pawleys Island with a 15-1 record, although the Lady Lions were part of the most exciting game of tournament.
After Johnsonville jumped out to a 15-3 lead, Lewisville scored 11 runs in the seventh inning, and had the tying run at second base, but lost 15-14.
“It was one of the most dramatic comebacks I’ve ever seen,” Streiffert said.
Waccamaw is 17-3 overall, and 5-1 in Region VII-AA, one game behind Dillon and one game ahead of Aynor.
“It’s a little bit better overall than what I anticipated,” Streiffert said.
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