Cardinal Newman blanks Wilson Hall softball 7-0 to force winner-take-all Game 3 Wednesday

PREP SOFTBALL

BY DANNY KELLY
danny@theitem.com
Posted 5/15/19

COLUMBIA – It all comes down to one game.

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Cardinal Newman blanks Wilson Hall softball 7-0 to force winner-take-all Game 3 Wednesday

PREP SOFTBALL

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COLUMBIA – It all comes down to one game.

The Wilson Hall varsity softball team fell to Cardinal Newman 7-0 at the Cardinal Newman field on Tuesday, which evened up the best-of-3 SCISA 3A softball championship series at one game apiece.

Wilson Hall won Game 1 4-2 on Monday in Sumter.

The deciding game will be played on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the University of South Carolina’s Beckham Field.

“They hit and we didn’t,” said Lady Barons head coach Teresa Alexander, whose team fell to 12-17 on the season. “We had frustrations with our offense when we were behind. We have to go back to hitting the ball hard and hope it finds a hole.”

Cardinal Newman’s Carsten Puckett pitched a complete game shutout and recorded five strikeouts while giving up four walks and only two hits.

For the Lady Barons, Kailee Poston pitched two innings and recorded a strikeout while giving up two walks, six hits and four runs, all of them earned. Relief pitcher Andi Grae Wingate pitched four innings and recorded two strikeouts, while giving up two walks, 10 hits and three runs, all of them earned.

“We gave our best effort, and hopefully we can go out tomorrow and do the exact same thing,” Alexander said. “We’re determined to go in tomorrow, play our best softball at such a spectacular venue and find a way to get a win.”

The Lady Cardinals, who improved to 22-4, opened up the scoring in the bottom of the first inning when Puckett belted a home run over the fence to make it 1-0.

Cardinal Newman padded its lead in the second when Jasmine Hogan plated Kaytlin Greenwood with a single to make it 2-0. Mary Kathfryn Gillespie added to the lead by scoring Karson Hocutt and Elizabeth Kay with a double to make it 4-0. Hogan initially scored on the hit, but the run didn’t count because the umpires ruled that she passed Kay when heading for home plate.

In the fourth inning, Hogan plated Jazmyne Jefferson with a double to make it 5-0.

The Lady Cardinals added to their lead in the fifth inning when Hocutt scored Maddie Dinkins on a groundout.

Cardinal Newman scored its final run in the sixth when Dinkins scored Puckett with a double.