Lady Cougars fall in Lower State Championship
by The Press and Standard | May 15, 2019 5:00 pm
Last Updated: May 15, 2019 at 9:39 am
By CINDY CROSBY
The Colleton County Lady Cougars fell 6-1 in the SCHSL AAAA Lower-State Championship game Friday May 10 against Hartsville High School. The Lady Cougars finished the 2019-20 season 22-7 overall and captured the Region VII-AAAA title. They earned the District VII Championship after rolling undefeated through bracket play with wins over Myrtle Beach High School (5-0), South Aiken (6-1) and Wilson High School (4-2).
Colleton County went on to go 2-2 in the Lower-State bracket after falling to Darlington in the opening game (2-1). They bounced back earning back-to-back wins over North Augusta (3-0) and Darlington (3-2). Aligning to face undefeated Hartsville (26-0) for the Lower-State title, the Lady Cougars fell in game one to finish as the runner-up for the Lower-State bracket.
Against North Augusta on Tuesday May 7, Whitley Weathers got the start for Colleton County, lasting seven innings, allowing six hits and no runs. Weathers struck out two and issued no walks. The Lady Cougars tallied eight hits on the day. Sydney Howard, Makayla Chisolm, and Weathers each had multiple hits for Colleton County.
In the quarter-finals for the Lower-State title Wednesday May 8, Colleton County re-matched against Darlington High School. It came down to the wire as the score was tied at two in bottom of the seventh, but Dakari Gant came through with the walk-off single to score Neisha Robinson and send the Lady Cougars to the Lower-State Championship game.
Weathers tossed a complete game, allowing five hits and two runs, while striking out five and issuing no walks. Colleton County scattered eight hits, with Gant and Robinson recording multiple hits. In the bottom of the second inning, Sydney Howard had a 2-RBI double to tie the game.
The Lady Cougars traveled to Hartsville High School on Friday May 10 for the Lower-State title game. The Lady Cougars struck first, but Hartsville pulled ahead in the third inning and out-hit Colleton County 11-6.
Whitley Weathers took the loss for Colleton County across six innings of work, allowing two earned runs on 11 hits, striking out three and walking one. The Lady Cougars recorded four errors in the game. Chisolm and Karson Hiott had multiple hits.
“I am in awe of this team,” said Coach Tootie Edwards following Saturday’s game. “They are a young and talented team. This season was one of the best seasons some of these girls have ever been part of.
“I am personally grateful for the opportunity given to me to be their coach. Not only did we make history this year, these girls took away more knowledge of the game. As a coach, it is important to instill life lessons to players and I think the program did just that. There is a bright future for this program and I can’t wait to see what the next couple of years hold for us.”