CPA Softball claims game one of State Championship Series

by | May 17, 2016 1:13 am

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EMMA JAMES. Coach Mallory Crawford and Emma James, who is due to arrive on Independence Day.  Photo by Cindy Crosby

EMMA JAMES. Coach Mallory Crawford and Emma James, who is due to arrive on Independence Day, manage a little coaching from third base. Photo by Cindy Crosby

Emma James sounds like a great softball name.

Which is a very good thing, considering the consensus among the Colleton Prep fans in attendance for Monday evening’s 5-3 win over Holly Hill was Emma James could make her appearance a few weeks early…and in the third base coach’s box.

Yes, Coach Mallory Crawford is having a baby girl and at 34-weeks she remains “involved” in the game. “Involved” meaning lots of jumping; especially in the top of the seventh inning when a needed insurance run starts as a leadoff single from Lexie Murray and scores on a combination of errors and guts.

Thankfully, Emma James must be used to her War Hawk family and the excitement of the diamond as she chose to stay put.

Freshman, Anne Garrett Carter, earned the win for Colleton Prep in a complete game effort.

The Lady Hawks took an early 1-0 lead on a Penelope Tuten triple in the top of the first. Carter and Mollie Warren provided back-to-back singles in the top of the second, along with a sacrifice bunt by Summer Gerard, to put CPA up 3-0.

HIGH GRAB. “I am glad that Mollie is 5’10 and snagged that ball to end the game.” - Coach Crawford on Mollie Warren's high grab of a line drive in the second base hole. Photo by Cindy Crosby

HIGH GRAB. “I am glad that Mollie is 5’10 and snagged that ball to end the game.” – Coach Crawford on Mollie Warren’s high grab of a line drive in the second base hole. Photo by Cindy Crosby

Lexie Murray scored a much-needed insurance run in the top of the seventh when her leadoff single turned into a run thanks to a combination of errors and guts. Photo by Cindy Crosby

INSURANCE. Lexie Murray bought the Hawks some much-needed insurance in the seventh when her leadoff single turned into a run thanks to errors and guts. Photo by Cindy Crosby

A solo homerun for Holly Hill would allow them on the board, 3-1, at the end of the fourth inning. CPA would plate one run in the top of the fifth and the Raiders answered by dialing another solo homerun in the bottom for a 4-2 War Hawk lead. CPA threatened in the top of sixth, but an interference call on a Lady Hawk runner would end the inning.

In a complete game effort, freshman, Anne Garrett Carter, earned a win in the opening game of the SCISA Class A State Championship. Photo by Cindy Crosby

WORK IN THE CIRCLE. In a complete game effort, freshman, Anne Garrett Carter, earned a win in the opening game of the SCISA Class A State Championship. Photo by Cindy Crosby

Carter surrendered a leadoff walk in the bottom of the sixth that would score following a passed ball, an advance on a hit by pitch, a single and a sacrifice fly. Carter would then get a line-out and a groundball to keep the Hawks on top, 4-3.

Murray’s steal at home in the top of the seventh, allowed Colleton Prep to take a 5-3 lead. Carter would strike out the leadoff in the bottom for out one, then surrender a walk. A pop-up to second baseman, Mollie Warren, would get the second out, but allow the runner to advance to third. Then, Warren made a high grab of a line drive to end the game and give the Lady Hawks the first win of the series.

Crawford credited her team for making the routine plays in the win over Holly Hill. “I just went out and told them to relax and make the routine plays,” said Crawford. “I am glad that Mollie is 5’10 and snagged that ball to end the game.”

With a win over Holly Hill tomorrow, CPA would claim the SCISA Class A State Softball Championship. First pitch is set for 5:30 p.m. at home.

One more game Emma James…one more.

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