MOUNT PLEASANT — Base- runners were so scarce in Saturday night’s Summerville-Wando softball game that Wando head coach Steve Legette had time to run out to left field and chase a goose off the field while he was coaching third base.
The Class AAAA Lower State Championship Series game was heavy with pitching. Wando featured Danica Newton while the Green Wave countered Taylor Wuerfel in a battle of right-handers.
Both pitchers were full throttle as two of the state’s biggest schools battled. Wuerfel and Newton both surrendered three hits.
In the end, it came down to small ball. The Green Wave finally plated a pair of runs on one hit and two errors in the top of the sixth inning to gain a 2-0 victory and end Wando’s 13-game winning streak.
Once again, the Green Wave had Wando’s number. Summerville eliminated Wando from the playoffs in 2010 and again last year. The 2010 elimination was in the Lower State championship.
Summerville (21-7) travels to Bluffton on Monday. Second-ranked Wando (25-4) travels to White Knoll in an elimination game.
“Every time we play Wando, it always seems to be a great game,” Summerville coach Heather Tucker said. “They have a great program, excellent players and a tradition. I’m just proud our girls found a way to score and make things happen. Taylor pitched well. She understands why we call for certain pitches in certain situations. She understands and delivers.”
Summerville freshman Anna Gluhosky led off the top of the sixth with a well-placed bunt. The throw to first was high, and she raced to second base to start the rally. With one out, Gluhosky advanced to third on a wild pitch, and scored when Taylor Powell reached on an error. Freshman Summer Jenkins plated the other run with a single.
“Summer played as an eighth-grader,” Tucker said. “So it helps when you have a freshman with experience. We have some veterans, but we also start four freshmen.”
Tucker said her region provided stiff competition to prepare her team for the playoffs.
“We have to go to Bluffton, but we have won big games on the road,” she said. “We had to go to Dutch Fork and win two there. Rain or shine, home or away, we will be ready.”
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