High School Sports

Extra-innings heroics lift Boiling Springs Bulldogs

Boiling Springs kept hanging around until it finally got the break it needed.

The Bulldogs scored the winning run in bottom of the ninth on a throwing error to take a 3-2 comeback home victory against Northwestern in the 4A upper state championship bracket of the softball playoffs on Saturday night.

Boiling Springs is in the winner’s bracket and will travel to Clover at 6 p.m. on Monday.

The game went to the international tiebreaker rule in the top of the ninth in extra innings. Northwestern was unable to take advantage of having its runner automatically on second base to start the inning. Jordan Smith scored from third on the throwing error in the bottom of the frame.

Smith advanced to third after Myranda Dills reached on an error. McKenna Quinn then attempted to get a bunt down on a squeeze play. The throw got away from the third baseman trying to pick off Smith and rolled behind the bag. Smith broke for home and scored.

“I wasn’t supposed to go,” Smith said. “I didn’t even know (the throw) got by. I got up and (the base coach) said to run, and then he said come back. I just hoped I’d get by them and score.”

Northwestern took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first as future USC Upstate pitcher Kori Wancheck ripped a double. She recorded two of the Trojans’ five hits.

The Bulldogs tied it in the sixth as pinch runner Arissa Edwards scored on an error. She reached on an error following the first out of the inning and was bunted to second by Smith.