BHHS softball team outlasts WEHS in county rematch
Last Friday was a special day for the Blackville-Hilda High varsity softball players as they waited nearly three weeks for it to come.
For Blackville-Hilda High, it was a chance to not only avenge its worst loss of the season, but also allow the team to remain in striking distance of the Region III crown.
In front of their largest crowd of the season, the Lady Hawks accomplished their mission with a thrilling 12-11 victory over Williston-Elko High.
In the teams’ first meeting of the season, Williston-Elko High seriously defeated Blackville-Hilda High in a 18-2 rout.
Unlike the first meeting, the rematch game went right down to the wire. Tied 11-11 after six and a half innings, the Lady Hawks came through at the plate in their last at-bat in the seventh inning.
For the Lady Hawks, Melody Birt’s RBI double brought home Jada Smalls for the winning run.
With the win, Blackville-Hilda High improves to 9-2 overall.
Blackville-Hilda High coach Michael Beasley said the team played much better this time around.
“We competed well,” Beasley said. “In the first game against Williston-Elko, we just fell apart with mistakes and errors. This time we played well from start to finish.”
The biggest difference for Blackville-Hilda in the rematch was its production at the plate. In the first meeting, BHHS had only four hits compared to 13 hits in the win.
Blackville-Hilda’s pitching, which was hammered for 14 hits in the first meeting, was more efficient in the second game.
Despite giving up seven hits, Emily McClary never allowed the Lady Blue Devils to get into rhythm. She made key pitches with runners in scoring position, striking out two of the last five batters faced.
“This was a big win against a good Williston-Elko High team. I won’t be suprised if we meet them again in a couple of weeks,” Beasley said.
The game started with the Lady Hawks being the aggressors at the plate.
Fueled by RBI doubles from Nyla Jenkins and Emily McClary, the Lady Hawks soared to a 7-1 lead after two innings.
Down by six runs, the Lady Blue Devils’ bats started to heat up in the third inning.
For the team, Madisyn Williams, Madison Campbell and Jazmyn Armstead all singled and scored to narrow the lead to 7-4.
One inning later, the Lady Blue Devils drew even in the game as three more runs came across home plate for a 7-7 tie. Players scoring in the inning included Jennifer Kanagy, Madisyn Williams and Madison Campbell. MaKenzie Edison highlighted the inning with a two-run RBI single.
The Lady Hawks, who were seemingly in control of the game at the start, found themselves down 10-8 in the fifth inning.
The team, however, rebounded behind. Marlayna Singleton drove in two runs with a triple. Singleton then scored off a hit by Breana Blankenship to give the team a 11-10 advantage.
After the Lady Blue Devils tied the game in the seventh inning, the Lady Hawks responded with a run in the bottom of the seventh to take the win.
For the game, Marlayna Singleton led the Lady Hawks with two triples and three RBIs.
Jada Smalls had two hits.