CLOVER -- The Clover High School girls softball team, champions of Region 3-AAAA, host Hillcrest, ranked No. 10 in the state, at home Thursday with a tentative start time of 6 p.m. for the first-round playoff game.
CHS team beat Rock Hill 11-1 Monday night.
"We jumped on them early. It was a good win leading up to the playoffs," head coach Shea Hall said.
The team also beat York Friday, 4-1. "Our kids earned the home playoff advantage by winning the region," she said.
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Hall said the Lady Blue Eagles aren't satisfied just to make the playoffs.
"We want to make a run in the playoffs," she added. "We feel our schedule has prepared us. ...We've won every type of game you can thank of."
Senior mainstay Brittany Jo Bowman, a premier player in the state's high school ranks, said the Lady Blue Eagles are primed for the playoffs.
"We are ready to make a run," said the CHS catcher.
Junior standouts Shay Jackson and Casey Killian also are ready.
"We've been getting the hits when we need them," noted Jackson. "We want to play better in the playoffs."
Killian, whose timely hitting has contributed to the team's success, said she's become a hitter instead of a slapper. Added Killian, "We're playing together as a team and using our talent the best way possible."
A three-run sixth-inning was pivotal in the Lady Blue Eagles' win over visiting York.
Blue Eagles on a roll
The Clover High Blue Eagles team will open the playoffs at 6 tonight at Boiling Springs.
"Our kids played their way into the playoffs," head coach Darrell Van Dyke said. "Two of our four wins to end the regular season were against York."
"We didn't have to face Fuesser, but we faced good pitching and the kids responded," he said.
Blue Eagle pitching ace Jeremy Long wanted the ball in his hand against rival York and Van Dyke gave it to him. "Jeremy responded with a two-hit shutout," the CHS coach said.
Long said he was mentally prepared for the showdown with the Cougars.
"Playing York is always big," he said. "We knew we needed a win to qualify for the playoffs."
Clover's late-season surge earned a top four finish in the region, which meets the criteria for playoff consideration.