Wave survives Stratford

GOOSE CREEK - For Summerville High School's softball team, the aim was to survive and advance.

Now, the Green Wave get a shot at revenge and the team that put them in that situation.

Summerville ousted Stratford from the Class AAAA Lower State tournament with a 4-1 victory on Monday. All of the Green Wave's runs came in the first two innings and three were unearned.

"Any time you can take advantage of anything, it's a win for you," said Summerville coach Heather Tucker, whose team travels to Wando on Wednesday for another elimination game.

Summerville (25-5) lost to Wando, 3-2, on Saturday. Stratford ends the season with a 20-10 mark.

Wando dropped into the loser's bracket Monday with a 14-4 loss at Bluffton.

"At this point, it's not about the team you're playing against," Tucker said.

"It's about playing your best game."

Summerville loaded the bases in the first inning and a throwing error with two outs helped the Green Wave take a 2-0 lead.

In the second inning, Summerville loaded the bases again. Taylor Belfiore knocked in a run with a sacrifice fly and the Green Wave made it 4-0 on the same play when a throw got away at third base.

Taylor Powell had two hits and scored a pair of runs for Summerville. Pitcher Summer Jenkins allowed eight hits and struck out five batters to get the win.

Nikki Linthicum had three hits and the Lady Knights' lone RBI in the third inning. She was also the losing pitcher, surrendering six hits and striking out two.