The South Pointe softball team pushed across three runs on four hits in the top of the third to take the lead and limited their unforced errors from that point on to pull away to an 11-6 victory over Rock Hill on Wednesday at Rock Hill High.
After two innings, the Bearcats led the Stallions 3-1, who had yet to record a base hit.
The Bearcats scored three runs in the home half of the second on three walks, four wild pitches, and a hit batter to take a 3-1 lead.
In the top of the third, Kyra Currence led off with a double and Jamie Rankin drove her home with a smash to centerfield.
South Pointe scored two more in the inning on a passed ball and an error to retake the lead 4-3.
Rankin came on to pitch in relief of Currence in the third and immediately sat the Bearcats down in order. Rankin went the final five innings and struck out three but more importantly only issued one walk. She also had a two-RBI line drive to left in the top of the fourth to start a six-run inning that busted the game wide open at 10-3.
Kia Currence also drove in Rankin with a base hit down the third base line in the inning. Rankin was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and three RBI. Kia Currence was 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored.
“Jamie did a super job,” South Pointe coach Jack Jackson said. “Coming off of last night (loss to Northwestern) we just talked it over after the game, forgot about it and concentrated on tonight.”
Rock Hill scored three more in the fifth. Breanna Williams led off with a base hit and Bailey Hinson’s one-out hit scored her. Paige Love singled to center to score Hinson.
Love scored on a pop out behind the plate by hustling to third and forcing a throw that got away down the left field line.
Love reached base twice and scored twice. She also went the distance on the mound for the Bearcats and struck out eight while walking none.