Photo above: Battery Creek’s Michaux Gee slides in home. Photos by Bob Sofaly.
Battery Creek continued their magical season by beating Andrews 6-4 for their first district title and then they beat the reigning state champ, Aynor High School, last Saturday night in the opening game of the Class 2-A Lower State Softball Tournament. They faced Dillon this past Monday (no results at press time) to see which team will move on to the championship game.
The Dolphins, under the direction of Coach Stephanie Cox, fared well defensively and offensively. The Dolphins gave up runs to Anyor HS in both of the first two innings, but chipped away with a run of their own in the bottom half of the second when Journeigh Doray started the inning off with a single then advanced to second on Emily Madlinger’s infield single and eventually scored when Aynor could not handle Julianna Greer’s grounder.
Battery Creek took the lead for good in their half of the third inning. Michaux Gee got things started with an inside-the-park home run to tie the score. Emily Crosby then singled, Journeigh Doray reached 1st base on an error. Both runners took advantage of wild pitches with Crosby scoring and Doray moving to third.
Doray would score on another error by Aynor later in the inning. The final run came in the bottom of the fifth when Alexis Ortiz singled to center scoring Crosby who reached base on a fielder’s choice and advanced to second when McKenzie Young walked. Rounding out the hitting for the Dolphins was Kyleigh Peeples who was 1-3 for the day. Ortiz pitched a complete game giving up only four hits and striking out five.