COLUMBIA - Cardinal Newman avenged its loss to Wilson Hall in the SCISA 3A softball state championship series on Wednesday at the University of South Carolina's Beckham Field.
The Lady Cardinals, who were swept by WH last year in the best-of-3 …
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The Lady Cardinals, who were swept by WH last year in the best-of-3 series, picked up a 15-4 victory in five innings to win this series 2-1.
CN, which won the final two games after the Lady Barons won the opener, finished the year with a 23-4 record. Wilson Hall, which was playing in its sixth state title series in the past seven years, finished with a 12-17 record.
On Tuesday at the Cardinal Newman field in Columbia, Wilson Hall suffered a 7-0 loss to even the series.
Wilson Hall won Game 1 4-2 on Monday in Sumter.
"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 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.
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