Whether anybody else believed it or not, Kristen Hobbs had a feeling her team was capable of springing an upset against the defending champs before it rolled into the Midlands on Friday.
The Cane Bay High School softball team proved their first-year coach right.
The Lady Cobras earned a spot in the District V final with a 2-1 victory at White Knoll High School in the Class 5A playoffs. Maybe it was surprising. Maybe it wasn’t. Depends on who you ask.
“We put a lot of prep time into the game,” said Hobbs, whose squad advances to Wednesday’s district final and will host the loser’s bracket winner. “Our girls were feeling confident about our preparation and knew that as long as we did our jobs that would give us a chance to compete and potentially win. Both teams played extremely well. Both pitchers were lights out. Outfield made some ESPN-type of catches and we executed at the plate when we had the chance. It was a great game.”
Cane Bay improved to 21-5.
Buoyed by strong defensive support, Cane Bay hurler Joey Lawhorn tossed a one-hitter, striking out three batters. She allowed an unearned run in the bottom of the first but that was it. Lady Cobras centerfielder Chloe VanWagner robbed White Knoll’s Hannah Goodwin of a home run in the bottom of the fifth inning to keep the score 1-1.
Cane Bay took the lead in the top of the seventh. Kia Wright walked with one out and Mallena Wright doubled to left field to put runners at second and third. It was her second hit of the game.
Smiley Kinloch’s sacrifice fly to left plated the eventual winning run.
Lawhorn retired the side in order to hand White Knoll its first loss of the season. White Knoll fell to 18-1.
“I am proud of the girls for the fight that they displayed tonight,” Hobbs said. “They never folded. Mental toughness is something I have preached on all season and they executed it well tonight. The team is excited but we also know we will have to work hard Monday and Tuesday to prep for our game on Wednesday. I think they know what this means to them, the program and our school and will work to keep pushing the bar.”
White Knoll pitcher Andrea Lyon was a tough-luck loser. She gave up just three hits and struck out 10 batters.
Catelynn Riley’s sacrifice fly gave Cane Bay a 1-0 lead before White Knoll scored an equalizer in the bottom of the inning.
“The team knows we will be facing a tough opponent on Wednesday,” Hobbs said. “We still have goals to reach.”
Summerville Baseball 6, Cane Bay 1
Summerville knocked Cane Bay out of the Class 5A baseball playoffs on Saturday, getting six RBIs from Brody Hopkins.
Hopkins blasted a grand slam in the third inning to make it 4-0.
Gannon Honea had two hits and Tyler Pruitt knocked in the lone run for the Cobras (17-9).
Cane Bay sweeps Berkeley in boys soccer
Cane Bay defeated Berkeley 5-1 and 7-0 on April 24-25. The second win was on Cane Bay’s senior night. The Cobras say goodbye to nine seniors after the season.
Walisson Silva had five goals in the two games. Other goal scorers were Octavio Herrera, Angel Monroy, David Herrera, Pablo Mena, Jacob Kadans, Cris Portillo and Jordan Thompson.
Thompson was the goal keeper in both games and made 14 saves for the Cobras.
The Cobras (9-9, 5-5 Region 7-AAAAA) advance to the Class 5A playoffs and travel to Fort Dorchester on Tuesday, April 30 (after press time).
Berkeley girls in playoffs
Jaylin Wheeler scored three goals in an 8-0 win over Stratford and Shelby McCutchen and Courtney Rees scored twice apiece on April 23. Alyssa Morrell added a goal.
The Lady Stags then beat Cane Bay, 4-1, on April 25.
Berkeley opens the Class 5A playoffs at Fort Dorchester on April 29 (after press time).