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  • (PHOTO COURTESY OF WWW.GOFLASHWIN.COM) Lexington's Hannah Kumiyama

S.C. HIGH SCHOOL LEAGUE SOFTBALL FINALS - Kumiyama's bat, Light's pitching forces deciding game

The J.F. Byrnes softball team needed a 9-run 6th inning to claim Game 1 of the Class 5A state championship series against Lexington Monday night.

In Game 2, the Lady Wildcats pounced on the Lady Rebels early to force a decisive Game 3.

As Lexington head coach Laurie Epps said after the game, it was really a testament to the resilience of her team and how they battled after such a heartbreaking defeat in Game 1 on the road.

University of South Carolina signee Hannah Kumiyama led the way for the Wildcats, going 2-2 with a HR and 2 RBIs. Kumiyama also reached base all four times she came to the plate.

Allie Light, a junior who has committed to play for Arkansas, shut down the Lady Rebels’ bats with a complete game in which she struck out 7 batters.

Lexington scored two runs in the first on a double by Sarah Gordon and a single by Jessica Senn. The Wildcats pulled away with Kumiyama’s 2-run homer in the Bottom 4th. 

J.F. Byrnes lone run came in the top 5th on a solo home run by Kasey Widmyer.

Game 3 will take place at 7 p.m. Friday in Rock HIll at Northwestern High School. Lexington (25-4) can claim its 5th state title overall, moving it into sole possession of 4th place all-time in S.C. High School League history, and 1st since 2001 with a victory.  J.F. Byrnes (29-4) is seeking its 3rd state title in the past 6 years.

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