NORTH AUGUSTA — A Whitmire Lady Wolverines rally came up just short in the district championship game Wednesday as the Fox Creek Predators pulled out a 4-3 win in nine innings.
Whitmire used some late game heroics to give the North Augusta crowd free softball.
With Fox Creek leading 3-2 in the sixth inning, Bethany Cromer got a clutch hit. Pinch runner Alexis Swain came in for Cromer, and with two outs, Zaviea Sanders drove her in to tie the game.
Mackenzie Reel pitched a complete game for the Wolverines.
Whitmire settled in after Fox Creek tagged them for three runs in the first two innings. Second year Head Coach Andrew Campbell said his team played solid defense and forced the game to the ninth by using a team effort.
“We had a true team effort this season as every girl contributed in some fashion throughout the year,” Campbell said. “This was a good season for the softball program. Overall we finished with a record of 10-11. However we finished 8-2 in the region and finished second.”
Leading hitters were Megan Owens, Yaunna Hunter, Shimia Hunter and Bethany Cromer, who were all 2-4 during the game.
Lead-off hitter Shimia Hunter and pitcher Mackenzie Reel were integral parts to the Wolverines’ success as WCS (10-11) finished second in the region with an 8-2 mark.
This year’s team loses seniors Shimia Hunter, Kentrell Whitmire and Anna Hall.
“We are going to lose three seniors that will be tough to replace. We will also be returning eight starters again this year and we look to continue to build on the success from this year,” Campbell said. “This was my second full season as the head softball coach at WCS and I am looking forward to building upon it in year three.”