Boiling Springs turned its playoff game against Clover on Monday into its own home run derby and now finds itself in a familiar position in the Class AAAA Upper State softball playoffs.
The Bulldogs blasted four homers, led by two from Katie Jacoby, en route to a 10-0 win over Clover. Boiling Springs will play for the Upper State championship for the fourth consecutive season on Friday. Marisa Harkey was 2 for 2 at the plate for Clover; the Blue Eagles host Byrnes Wednesday in an elimination game.
“They did a great job of getting runners on and getting runners in,” Boiling Springs coach Sandy Martin said. “We’re hoping to continue to keep it going. This was a very good game for Boiling Springs and just not so good for Clover today.”
Boiling Springs jumped on the board in the first inning thanks to back-to-back two-outs hits.
Brooke Palmer doubled in Bailie Maybry to put the Bulldogs up 1-0 and Jacoby followed with her first homer of the game to give Boiling Springs a 3-0 lead.
The Bulldogs added three runs in the fourth inning as Jacoby hit her second home run, this time a three-run shot, to put Boiling Springs comfortably ahead.
“My mindset was just to get a hit and see the ball and make solid contact with it,” she said. “(The second at bat) I went up there thinking I couldn’t try to swing for the fences because that never works our right. I went up there thinking base hit and it just happened to go out too.”
Camry Taylor added a solo home run in the fourth inning and Palmer added a three-run shot of her own in the fourth as well as the Bulldogs built a 10-0 lead.
“I knew they were going to pitch me outside because that’s what they’ve been doing every game,” Palmer said. “I was expecting outside pitches every time so I was able to drive it.”
All nine Boiling Springs batters reached base with eight recording a hit in the game. Taylor said having so much depth on a team is a big boost.
“We don’t have one struggle hitter on our team,” she said. “From top to bottom our lineup is stacked.”
The lineup provided more than enough run support for Boiling Springs pitcher Taylor Cabe, who pitched a complete-game shutout, allowing just four hits.
Cabe said having so much run support was a big advantage for her on the mound.
“They hit lights out and that made me really comfortable on the mound,” she said. “It’s great. It lets you really relax and pitch your game.”
Boiling Springs will now face either Byrnes or Clover on Friday with the winner needing to beat the Bulldogs twice.