Chapin Teams, Brookland-Cayce Boys Reach Lower State Final

Several Baseball, Softball Teams Reach District Final

Posted 5/7/22

The postponement of baseball, softball and soccer playoff matchups made for a Super Saturday in high school spring sports.

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Chapin Teams, Brookland-Cayce Boys Reach Lower State Final

Several Baseball, Softball Teams Reach District Final


The postponement of baseball, softball and soccer playoff matchups made for a Super Saturday in high school spring sports.

Both Chapin soccer teams and defending Class 3A boys champion Brookland-Cayce advanced to the Lower State finals.

For the third time this post-season, Region 5-5A teams had all four teams scheduled to play come away with a victory. This time, it was Lexington, Chapin and White Knoll clinching spots in the Class 5A District finals while River Bluff earned an opportunity to join them by staying alive.

Gilbert and Gray Collegiate softball will also compete Wednesday in its District finals. In baseball, River Bluff, Dutch Fork and defending Class 3A champion Gilbert kept alive its playoff hopes and advanced to Monday's District finals needing two victories to move on to the Lower State playoffs.

Lexington 10, Cane Bay 0

It was three years ago that the Lady Cobras stung then-defending champion White Knoll in Lexington in the opening round of the playoffs.

This time around, they ran into a Lady Wildcats' team whose offense finally matched the level of play of the pitching staff in the post-season.

Lexington led 2-0 following a home run by an RBI sacrifice fly by Mackenzie Mathis and solo home run by Sarah Gordon. It was more than enough with Riley Ford holding the Lady Cobras to one single and striking out 13 batters.

"Not going to lie, I did have a little bit of struggle in the bullpen," Ford said. "But I had to make sure I trusted my mechanics, I trusted myself and I had to work through it on the mound. Of course, I didn't want to go into it like that. But I always make sure I have a good catcher (Gordon) behind me."

In the bottom of the fifth, Ford got involved in the offense with a 2-run single. The Lady Wildcats' Jessica Senn followed with a single and Madison Rogers reached on a fielder's choice.

Mathis quickly capitalized by clearing the bases and the centerfield wall for a grand slam to make it 8-0. Livi Warren reached on a single and, after moving to second on a sacrfice bunt, scored on Gordon's double.

After moving to third base on Maggie Hinz' single, Gordon stole homeplate as part of a double steal to end the game on the mercy rule.

"We haven't been scoring a lot of runs lately, so I really wanted our bats to come out today and they did," Lexington head coach Laurie Epps said. "We've been focusing on hitting a lot lately because the bats just have kind of been a little quiet for us. But today, we put the ball in play and when we put it in play, stuff is going to happen."

Lexington will play host to Monday's Cane Bay/Fort Dorchester winner Wednesday for the District title.

White Knoll 3, Summerville 2

Gabby Porterfield’s three-run homer in the top of the fifth helped the third-seed Lady Timberwolves defeat the top-seed Lady Green Wave.

Marlena Perez struck out four and after allowing a two-run double to Ansley Bennett, retired the final seven batters.

White Knoll will play host to Monday's Stratford/Summerville winner Wednesday for the District title.

Chapin 4, Berkeley 2

Taylor Palfrey and winning pitcher Leah Cabe each had two hits and Andee Dircks belted a two-run homer to lead the Lady Eagles to the road win.

Cabe struck out five and allowed just four hits and an earned run on the mound.

Chapin will play host to Monday's Berkeley/Carolina Forest winner Wednesday for the District title.

River Bluff 9, Ashley Ridge 4

The Gators will visit St. James Monday to play for a berth in Wednesday's District final versus Wando.

Gilbert 14, Camden 1

Emma Melinauskas went 2-3 with a 3-run homer, Ayden Leaphart drove in three runs and Payton Melinauskas went 3-4 with an RBI to lead the Lady Indians into the Class 3A District final.

Lakyn Swinford picked up the victory for Gilbert, who will play host Wednesday to the winner of Monday's elimination game between Camden and Georgetown.

Gray Collegiate 9, Landrum 1

Brooke Tranum went 2-2 with a home run and five RBI and Taylor Corley also homered, had two hits and struck out five to lead the Lady War Eagles to the Class 2A Upper State District final.

Kaley Anderson drove in two runs and Madox Long and Brooklinn Thomas both had two hits.

Gray Collegiate will await the winner of Monday's elimination game between Landrum and Abbeville on Wednesday.

Lakewood 5, Brookland-Cayce 4

Hannah Pack’s walkoff RBI single sent the Lady Gators into the Class 3A District final Saturday and ended the Lady Bearcats’ season.

Down 2-0, Brookland-Cayce tied the game in the top of the fourth. Audri Dunigan had an RBI fielder’s choice and scored on Caroline Hoffman’s single.

The Lady Bearcats took the lead with two runs in the top of the fifth inning. Hoffman drew an RBI walk and Dunigan scored off an error.

Lakewood picked up RBI singles in the fifth by Autumn Gibbons and sixth innings by G. Guilford to tie the game. In the bottom of the seventh inning, the Lady Gators loaded the bases to set up Pack’s game-winner.

Marion 7, Pelion 1

The Lady Panthers will play host Monday to Saturday's Ridgeland/Hardeeville versus Cheraw winner in an elimination game. The winner then visits Marion Wednesday for the Class 2A District title.

Pickens 9, Irmo 6


River Bluff 14, Socastee 3 (6 innings)

Thomas Powell had two home runs and drove in five run and Beau Hollins had three RBI to lead the Gators.

Zack Cowart also homered and Weston Grant had an RBI to help Todd Hudson, who struck out six in 4 1/3 innings.

River Bluff will make a return trip Monday to Berkeley for the Class 5A District final.

Dutch Fork 4, St. James 0

Kevin Samonsky went 2-4 and he and George Schodowski combined to allow just four hits in the win over the Sharks.

Brennan Ottone, Landon Kahl and Paul Pridgen all drove in runs for the Silver Foxes, who travel to Summerville Monday for an elimination game.

Gilbert 1, Georgetown 0

Jake Tolbert struck out four and allowed just three hits for the Indians in the win.

The lone run was scored in the bottom of the fifth on a groundball out by Aaron Sox.

Gilbert travels to Lakewood Wednesday for the District final.

Pelion 6, Edisto 5 (8 innings)

The Panthers will travel to Woodland for the Class 2A District final Monday.

Chesnee 4, Batesburg-Leesville 2 (9 innings)

Despite nine strikeouts in eight innings from Cade Bouknight and 2-3 from Luke Derrick, the Panthers' season came to an end Saturday.

Girls Soccer

Chapin 2, St. James 1

After the Lady Sharks scored in the first two minutes, Darcy Ahern scored twice in a span of three minutes to close out all the scoring in the third-round matchup.

The Lady Eagles will visit Wando in the Class 4A Lower State final Tuesday.

Wando 5, Lexington 0

Southside Christian 2, Gray Collegiate 0

Boys Soccer

Chapin 4, Fort Dorchester 0

The Eagles will play host to the Class 5A Lower State final for the second straight year. They will play host to Wando Monday.

Brookland-Cayce 1, Hanahan 0

Andy Rivera had the lone goal for the Bearcats off an assist from Lowton Powers.

The defending Class 3A champions will play host to Waccamaw in the Class 3A Lower State final Monday.

Thomas Grant Jr. | Chronicle
Lexington softball coach Laurie Epps and pitcher Riley Ford

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