The 2019 edition of Timberland High School Softball made some school history on May 1.
The Lady Wolves seized the program’s first-ever postseason district championship, pulling away for a 14-5 victory over visiting Johnsonville to win District V.
Timberland (17-2) collected 17 hits and scored nine runs in the fifth and sixth innings to break it open. Johnsonville trailed 5-4 before the Lady Wolves erupted.
“Last night, everybody hit the ball one through nine,” THS coach Ben Lailson said.
Leadoff hitter Brooke Moody led the onslaught with a 4-for-4 effort and No.9 hitter Alayna Martin did her part, going 2 for 3. Martin sparked a six-run fifth inning by leading off with a hit, answering Johnsonville’s three spot in the top of the inning that cut Timberland’s lead to 5-4.
“I knew there would be a moment we’d have to hold them off,” Lailson said.
Tori Rose, Abby Prince and Gracie Prince collected two hits each. One of Abby Prince’s was a solo home run in the first inning to make it 2-0.
Timberland went on to lead 5-0 before Johnsonville rallied.
“I’ve been telling them all year that if you just put the ball in play good things will happen,” Lailson said. “That’s what we did. We only had one strikeout the whole night.”
On April 26, Timberland had just six hits against the Lady Flashes.
“I knew we were capable of hitting the ball better against them,” Lailson said.
Timberland hosted East Clarendon at 6 p.m. on Saturday and got off to a rocky start in a 14-7 loss to the visitors from Turbeville.
East Clarendon scored four runs in the first inning and stayed comfortably ahead. The Wolverines upped their lead to 7-1 in the top of the second and 12-2 in the third.
“It’s hard to win a ballgame when you dig a hole that deep,” Lailson said.
Timberland hosts Latta on Monday at 6 p.m. (after press time) in a loser’s bracket game. Latta lost to Andrews 5-0 on Saturday.
“Now, we’re in a corner and we’ve got to fight back,” Lailson said. “What are you going to do. You’re going to fight yourself out of the corner or you’re just going to stand there and take it. They know that. I don’t have to preach it to them.”
Timberland made nine errors in the game.