Salkehatchie softball ends stellar season

  • Taylor Warren makes contact at the plate in the fourth inning of Saturday’s semi-final game against Harford.

A USC-Salkehatchie softball season for the ages came to a close Sunday in the finals of the Division I Region X tournament.

USC-Salkehatchie, which set a school record with 27 wins this season, fell to Louisburg Community College 2-1 to end a spectacular run.

The Lady Indians almost completed a huge turnaround in the tournament. After losing their opening, the team responded by winning three straight games to advance to the championship round.

The Lady Indians held a 1-0 lead before the Lady Hurricanes rallied with a run in the fifth inning and another in the sixth inning to pull out the win.

With the loss, USC-Salkehatchie ends the tournament with a 3-2 mark.

The end result wasn’t what he wanted, but USC-Salkehatchie coach Kenneth Bellamy said he liked what he saw from his team during tournament play.

“Great effort from everyone. Overall, I thought we competed really well. The championship game was a very close and could have gone either way,” Bellamy said. “Defensively, we played solid and our pitching was again good today. Offensively, we hit the ball really hard, but just didn’t find the holes.”

In the championship game, the Lady Indians nearly pulled off an upset over top-seeded Louisburg.

After winning just one region game last season, the Lady Indians won a school record 10 region games, including seven in the regular season.

“We went through a few tough years, but now the program is beginning to come around,” Bellamy said. “As far as this season is concerned, I’m beyond proud of these players. This is a special group that made it an unbelievable year for Salkehatchie softball. Everyone of these young ladies worked hard and believed in themselves. Hopefully this season is a springboard for better things to come.”

The Lady Indians’ victories in the tourament came against USC Sumter, Spartanburg Methodist and Harford Community College.

The Lady Indians’ third round 8-0 win over Spartanburg Methodist was fueled by right-hander Morgan Foster, who tossed a five-hitter with six strikeouts in the shutout. Foster also had a superb day at the plate with two hits, including a double, two RBIs and two runs scored

Overall, the Lady Indians scattered 12 hits in the contest.

Others enjoying a good day hitting were Kelsey Alverson, Taylor Warren and Lanie Freeman. Alverson, who had a two-run RBI triple in the first innings, finished 2 for 4 with 2 RBIs. Warren and Freeman each had a hit and scored a run. Haley Gowan had a RBI single.

In the semifinals, the Lady Indians scored a 6-3 hard-fought win over Harford College.

The game was tied at 1-1 after three and a half innings of play. The Lady Indians then pulled away in the bottom of the fourth inning. Highlighted by RBI doubles from Kelsey Alverson and Kylie Kelly, the Lady Indians plated four runs off four hits for a 5-1 lead.

Players scoring in the inning included Taylor Warren, Morgan Foster, Tashia Jackson and Sametra Duck.

Logan Nelson got it done in the circle with a four-hit and three strikeout outing.

“We had a great season. Hopefully we can build on this momentum for next year,” Bellamy said.