The Clover High School softball team, which advanced to the upper state title game last season, were home this week after blanking Lugoff-Elgin 8-0 in a district AAAA playoff.
Riding the momentum of the big road win, the CHS girls were slated to host the winner of Monday’s Dorman-Lugoff Elgin game Wednesday.
Pitcher Elizabeth Edmunds, who said last week that her nagging wrist injury was on the mend, fashioned a two-hitter against Lugoff.
Taylor Stewart’s three-run homer in the first inning set the tone.
Clover opened the playoffs defeating visiting Dorman 5-1 April 30 behind another strong mound performance by Edmunds. The Blue Eagles exploded for four runs after two outs in the home half of the fourth inning.
“We got somebody on in the first inning but couldn’t get them across,” said head coach Shea Hall. “We just kept believing if we got people on, we would eventually push some runs through.”
Hall lauded Edmunds. “Elizabeth kept them in check,” she said.
The CHS coach said there were other factors to the win against Dorman.
“We made the routine plays,” said Hall. “I don’t think we had an error. If we did, it wasn’t a costly error.”
Hall said the win against Dorman gave the team a push. “We needed this,” she said. “We’re playing with a little more confidence right now. All of those extra runs we scored were big.”
Winning the opening playoff game put the Blue Eagles in the winner’s bracket, a key to remaining in the hunt for a championship.
“We finally have some playoff advantages on our side,” Hall said. “We’re not a new kid on the block. We’ve been here before. We’ve got to use that to our advantage”
Wednesday’s home game was after the Enquirer-Herald was published. A game summary will appear next week.