Summerville slips past Spring Valley

SUMMERVILLE -- Less than a week after beating Spring Valley, 12-2, in the opening game of the District VI softball playoffs, the Summerville Green Wave needed to scratch and claw to a 2-1 win on Wednesday against those same Vikings.

Summerville captured the District VI championship with the victory, but coach Heather Tucker was not overly pleased with the way her team performed.

"To be honest, I could tell Spring Valley's kids really wanted it today, more than we did I thought," said Tucker. "I'm a little disappointed with the way we played, but we won. I am glad to be advancing, but we need to play better."

Spring Valley seemed to be the more inspired team early on and scored an unearned run in the top of the second inning to take a 1-0 lead.

Summerville, now 24-4, plated two runs in the fourth. After Summer Jenkins reached on an error, Tucker had Taylor Belfiore attempt to bunt twice, both resulting in foul balls. Tucker took the bunt off and Belfiore, a .408 hitter, belted a double off the centerfield fence.

Summerville advances to the lower state finals, which will include three other district winners. Summerville will host the winner of District V - Wando or Lexington - on Saturday.

"Every year we have the same goal. We are taking one game at a time at this point," said Tucker. "When it's playoff time, you have to come to play. It doesn't matter how many games you win during the regular season. The only one that counts is the one you play that day. Every team left is a good team now. We have to be ready to play."