AYNOR, SC- It took extra innings, a “Texas Shootout” rule, and one of the best teams South Carolina to upend South Range for their first loss of the year. That didn’t stop the Raiders who fought back after falling down by four runs in the fifth inning. The comeback fell just short though, in a 7-6 defeat to Aynor on Tuesday night. South Range scored five runs in the failed comeback on a single by Jamie Feren, a double by Kelly Szolek, a single by Sam Susany, and a triple by Madison Dado.
South Range Varsity Raiders was right in it until Aynor in the eighth inning when the international extra-inning rule, or “Texas shootout” rule was applied. With this rule, the inning begins with a runner on second base. Aynor took advantage of the rule, South Range could not,
Aynor got things moving in the first inning when Riley Rabon was hit by a pitch, driving in a run.
The Raiders notched five runs in the fifth inning to overtake the lead. The rally was led by singles by Feren and Susany, a triple by Dado, and a double by Szolek.
Aynor evened things up at six in the top of the sixth inning. Hannah Lewis hit a solo homer.
Alivia Hess led the Aynor to victory in the pitcher’s circle. The ace surrendered zero runs on two hits over three and two-thirds innings, striking out eight and walking one.
Susany took the loss for South Range. The right-hander surrendered one run on three hits over three innings, striking out five and walking zero.
Maddie Johnson started the game for Aynor. The fireballer went four and a third innings, allowing six runs on six hits and striking out five Juli Stachowicz started the game for South Range. The lefthander went five innings, allowing five runs on five hits and striking out seven
South Range totaled eight hits in the game. Szolek and Stachowicz each had multiple hits for the Raiders. Stachowicz and Szolek each managed two hits to lead South Range.
Aynor scattered eight hits in the game. Hess, Lewis, Katie Goff, and Johnson all managed multiple hits for Aynor.
South Range will take on Cheraw at noon on Wednesday as they continue their spring break experience in South Carolina.