SUMMERVILLE -- Aubrey Rabun hit a walk-off home run in the 11th inning Monday night to give Ashley Ridge a 4-2 victory over Stratford in the Class AAAA softball playoffs.
Rabun's blast drove in pitcher Paige Deschaine, who was put on base in accordance with the International Tiebreaker rules. Deschaine also went the distance in the circle, fanning 16 Stratford batters while allowing only five hits.
However, the final innings of the game were played under protest. In the bottom of the 10th, the Foxes had batters reach on an error and a fielder's choice. Ashley Ridge coach Angi Brush says then time was called.
The runner on first walked over to the dugout and Stratford coach Debra Tolar says she went into the dugout and therefore it is her understanding that she should have been called out, which is why she is protesting the game.
No runs were scored in that inning. Two players batted after the incident and the second flied out for the third out.
That made Rabun the second batter in the bottom of the 11th after the first batter flied out without the runner on second advancing.
Ashley Ridge improved to 16-12 on the season while the Knights were eliminated from the playoffs with a 12-15 record, barring a favorable ruling on their protest. If Ashley Ridge wins, it will have to win two games at Carolina Forest on Wednesday to advance.