Summerville reached the softball state championship series for the second time in school history. And like the first time, the Green Wave came up short.
Boiling Springs rolled past the Green Wave, 11-0, on Wednesday to sweep the best-of-3 series to win the Class AAAA state softball title.
“It was definitely their night,” said Summerville coach Heather Tucker, who led the Green Wave (23-9) to the 2009-10 title series. “I would’ve liked to have seen us play better, but Boiling springs is such a good hitting team and we couldn’t keep their bats under control.
“They had a ton of fans out here, a lot of support, and when you get up on a team at home it puts so much pressure on the visiting team.”
Boiling Springs (31-1) outscored opponents, 68-6, in the playoffs.
“It doesn’t even seem real right now,” Boiling Springs’ Camry Taylor said. “I guess later on it will finally hit us.”
The lone loss was March 17 against Byrnes, 7-6 in extra innings.
“I knew we were going to be a good team, but never could’ve dreamed we’d be this good,” shortstop Katie Jacoby said. “It’s an unbelievable feeling to finally have all our hard work pay off. It just all clicked right from the beginning and seemed like it was meant to be. We’ve had so much talent in the past years as well and now to finally break through and that we were so dominating, I love it.”
The Bulldogs once again removed any trace of drama early with a three-run first inning. Taylor led off the game with a single before being doubled home by senior third baseman Bailie Maybry. Jacoby then launched her sixth homer of the playoffs.
Boiling Springs extended the lead to 9-0 with a five-run third when Maybry singled, Jacoby walked and Cabe smacked a homer deep to center. Taylor added an RBI single to left, and another run scored on a wild pitch. The Bulldogs had the bases loaded with one out, but couldn’t push home another.
The run support was simply an embarrassment of riches for ace pitcher Cabe, the Harvard signee who once again mixed and matched her speeds to keep hitters totally baffled. The senior allowed only two hits and two walks while striking out five.
“It’s so exciting to end on such a high note, the highest you can get, and I’m just so proud of these ladies,” Cabe said, who also homered and doubled. “We couldn’t have gotten this far without every single person on this team.”
Eric Boynton, of The Spartanburg Herald-Journal, contributed to this report.