Five county teams reach softball Upper State brackets
By Jed Blackwell/The Spartanburg Sports Report
Spartanburg County teams finished strong in Wednesday’s softball District finals, with five teams winning home games to clinch titles.
Boiling Springs, Broome, Byrnes, Landrum and Woodruff all claimed District titles and will now compete for their respective Upper State championships.
Boiling Springs took the 5A District III title with a 10-0 victory over Hillcrest. Boiling Springs jumped all over the Lady Rams from the beginning, putting up six runs in the first and cruising to the victory. The Lady Bulldogs will play Clover in the opening round of the Upper State playoffs. The Lady Eagles defeated Dorman 4-0 for the District IV title.
Byrnes took the 5A District II championship with a 3-0 win over Laurens. Tatum Arboleda scored two runs and drove in another and Kasey Widmyer was dominant on the mound for the Lady Rebels, who will host J.L. Mann in the first round of the Upper State playoffs on Saturday.
Broome took a thriller over Palmetto to win the 3A District II championship. The Lady Centurions trailed 6-5 headed into the sixth inning, but Ansley Frady and Bella Angeli notched RBI hits to give Broome the victory. The Lady Centurions will host Crescent to open the 3A Upper State bracket.
The other side of that bracket will contain a familiar foe, as Woodruff took the 3A District III title. The Lady Wolverines survived a little drama of their own, taking a dramatic 2-1 win over Seneca for the title. Down to their last strike and hitless for the night, Woodruff got a home run in the bottom of the seventh to tie the score at 1-1 and scored on a passed ball in the bottom of the ninth to take the 2-1 victory. Woodruff awaits the winner of the Walhalla – Indian Land contest.
In 2A District II, Landrum blanked Central 10-0 to take the title. Senior standout Sarah Price extended her hit streak to 79 games and provided the game-ending run with a solo home run in the sixth to invoke the mercy rule. Landrum will host Cheraw in the first round of the Upper State playoffs. The Lady Braves defeated Chesnee 9-5 for the District I title.