The Northwestern Trojans scored three runs in the first inning and went on to claim a 6-4 win over the Fort Mill Yellow Jackets in Region 3-AAAA action at Northwestern.
Will Chitwood pitched six innings and picked up the win to improve to 2-0. Stuart Hodge pitched the seventh to get the save.
Will Carter’s two-run double was the big hit in the first inning for Northwestern. Josh Crump’s two-run double in the fifth gave Northwestern a 6-4 lead, after Fort Mill had battled back to tie the game with two runs in both the third and fourth frames.
The win improved Northwestern to 7-0 overall and 6-0 in the region. Fort Mill fell to 4-2 overall and 4-1 in the region with the loss.
Obbie Sarduy picked up the win for Lewisville. Holden Reynolds and Austin Bradshaw each had a pair of hits to lead the Lions, who improved to 7-1 with the win.
Kori Wancheck picked up her sixth win of the year with a complete game. She struck out 12 Fort Mill batters.
Kori Wancheck and Rachel Marion. Bella Roy and Lauren Collie. WP - Wancheck (6-0). LP - Roy. 2B - Missy Mavrogian, Danielle Gibson, Cassie McInerny (FM). HR - Meredith Cudd (N).
Leading hitters: Northwestern - Cassie Wancheck 2-4, Kori Wancheck 2-4, Rachel Marion 2-4, Meredith Cudd 2-4, Delia Fields 2-4; Fort Mill - Danielle Gibson 1-1, Julia Rajcok 1-3, Cassie McInerny 1-2.
Records: Northwestern: 6-0, 4-0 in Region 3-AAAA; Fort Mill: 5-6, 2-3 in Region 3-AAAA
Andrew Jackson - Logan Sowell 37, Caleb Brown 40, Chandler Norville 40, Tyler Bowers 44, Emily Cox 44.
McBee - Grant Sellers 41, Grayson Windburn 47, Cole Hudson 59, Max Freeman 60.
Great Falls - Josh Payseur 38, Eric Gage 63, Travis Payne 64, Jarrett Hinson 65.
Lewisville held strong in the Class A poll, checking in at No. 3.
1. Sumter; 2. Summerville; 3. Lexington; 4. Blythewood; 5. West Ashley; 6. Mauldin; 7. Northwestern; 8. Laurens; 9. Nation Ford; 10. Conway.
1. St. Joseph’s; 2. Latta; 3. Lewisville; 4. Fox Creek; 5. Johnsonville; 6. Dixie; 7. East Clarendon; 8. Southside Christian; 9. McBee; 10. Lamar.
Several other local sides were ranked in those polls. The Fort Mill girls (8-1-1) are third in Class AAAA, and the only other area team ranked in either Class AAAA poll. Wando and J.L. Mann are Nos. 1 and 2 in both the boys and girls’ rankings.
Both Indian Land squads are ranked, Adam Cole’s boys (6-2) sitting in second in Class AA behind Academic Magnet and Mark Bonda’s girls (5-2) ranked third by Academic Magnet and Bishop England.