Indian Land proved to be road Warriors as they traveled to Chapman and tamed the Panthers to the tune of a 5-3 win Tuesday night in 3A Upper State softball playoff action.
The Wilson sisters got Warrior fans’ hearts started early when they both scored without the benefit of a hit in the first inning. Adriana walked and scored when Daniella’s grounder was thrown away. Daniella scored on a fielder’s choice when she beat the play at the plate.
The Warriors added to their lead in the second inning when Daniella knocked a one-out double and scored on Peyton Darnell’s RBI single.
Savannah Bean brought home Darnell when she smashed a line drive home run to dead center for a 5-0 lead the Warriors would never relinquish.
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Getting up early “felt good,” said Warriors head coach Monica Barfield, “because when we played them at home they had our backs against the wall early. Striking first was definitely a plus for us.”
Malya Flynn went the distance for the Warriors, allowing three runs on five hits and a walk.
Starting was a bit of a change for Flynn as she’s usually used in relief.
The Panthers tried to claw their way back into the game getting a single run in the fourth. With Marli Hanks on via a fielder’s choice Kailey Arias blooped a single to center that kicked away and an errant throw to third allowed Hanks to score.
Chapman added two in the fifth. Raegan Metcalf had a lead off double and moved to third on Rylan Snead’s bunt single. Snead stole second. The Panthers scored on an RBI groundout by Brooks Scruggs and a Kara Mason sac bunt scored Snead to make the final 5-3.
But that would be it as Flynn steadied herself and closed out the win.
“We were hitting pretty good,” said Flynn, “we got that 5-0 lead and that got me pretty relaxed and the defense played well.”
“It was a total team effort,” said Barfield.
The Warriors reward for Tuesday’s win is a trip to Wahalla today, where they’ll need to win two games to move on to the Upper State Championship game.