The East Clarendon High School softball team is in a position with which it is very familiar: occupying the lower state's spot in the 1A state championship series.
The Lady Wolverines clinched a spot in the best-of-3 series for the fifth time in …
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The Lady Wolverines clinched a spot in the best-of-3 series for the fifth time in sixth years with a 6-3 victory over Hannah-Pamplico on Friday in the championship game of the lower state tournament in Turbeville.
However, it will be a bit odd for EC because the upper state representative will be Lewisville. In its four previous appearances, East Clarendon's foe was Dixie.
"It's going to be different," said Lady Wolverines head coach Lisa Ard, whose defending state championship team brings an 18-6 record into the series. "We thought it would be Lewisville last year, but Dixie beat them twice to make it back.
"They (Lewisville) have a good team," Ard added. "They are a strong, experienced group. They have a good pitcher, good slappers. They are a good team and we're going to have to be ready to play."
The series will open on Monday with Lewisville coming to Turbeville for a 6 p.m. contest. Lewisville will be at home on Wednesday in Richburg, which is located in Chester County. If a third game is needed, it will be played on Friday at a neutral site.
EC didn't have as easy of a time against H-P on Friday as it did on Monday in a 10-0 victory. The game was tied 2-2 after two innings before East Clarendon scored twice in the third and added single runs in both the fourth and the fifth.
"We came out tight, and I don't know why," Ard said. "You'd think as many times as we've played these kind of games that wouldn't happen. But they nervous.
"And Hannah-Pamplico played well though. They were going for everything."
Marleigh Floyd pitched five innings to get the win for EC. She allowed four hits, two runs, none earned, while striking out three and walking none. Amanda Floyd pitched the final two innings.
Caitlin Timmons, Kinsleyh Driggers, Olivia Singletary and Britni Anderson each had two hits in East Clarendon's 14-hit attack. Anderson drove in two runs, while Timmons, Driggers and Singletary had an RBI apiece..
Lewisville defeated McBee 2-0 on Friday to go undefeated in the upper state tournament. Chloe Thomas tossed a 1-hitter, striking out six and walking none.
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