The Gaffney softball team hit three home runs in defeating the visiting Blue Eagles 6-3 on Friday evening.
Clover pitching ace Elizabeth Edmunds, who led her team to the Upper State championship last season and continues to battle a wrist injury, was the losing pitcher.
Eighth-grader Tiffany Dominigue, who continues to emerge as a dangerous hitter, was 3-for-3 at the plate, including a home run.
Gaffney scored all of its runs in innings four and six, with Clover pushing across a run in the fourth to take the lead and two runs in the fifth inning.
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Earlier in the week, the Blue Eagles defeated Northwestern 7-4 at home to gain sole possession of first place in Region 3-AAAA.
Edwards gutted it out on the mound, ignoring the pain from her wrist.
Senior Missy Mavrogian’s base-clearing double in the right-centerfield gap was pivotal in Clover’s big win.
“It felt good,” Mavrogian said of the game-changing stroke. “I knew I made solid contact. It was an important win in the region.”
Clover head coach Shea Hall praised the Blue Eagles’ response to the region showdown with the visiting Trojans.
“I am proud of the girls,” she said. “We came out and gave up two runs.
“We talked about when you take a punch, you’ve got to punch back. We did a good job with that.”
Hall said Mavrogian’s big hit was key, and said that Edwards is hitting the ball as well as pitching with pain.
“Missy’s hit was huge,” Hall said. “Elizabeth is hitting the ball. A lot of people don’t know how much the wrist is hurting her.”
“Elizabeth is taking few and no cuts in practice,” Hall said. “In big games, you want your big players in there. We got everybody’s best. It was a good team win.
Clinging to a 5-4 lead, Clover scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth to seal the win.
Edmunds started things off with a single. Tiffany Dominigue doubled, leaving runners at second and third.
Hannah Curtis laid down a bunt, scoring the runner from third. Dominigue scored on Sydney Burrell’s ground ball that was misplayed by the Northwestern third-baseman.