CLOVER — The Blue Eagles softball team was up to the challenge of state playoff competition in a 7-0 win against defending state champion Boiling Springs last week and a 7-5 victory against Blythewood.
Clover High School was scheduled to host the winner of the Blythewood-Boiling Springs game Wednesday, with the time to be determined.
Blue Eagles pitcher Elizabeth Edmunds picked up her 18th win Friday against Blythewood.
Brooke Rhinehardt became Blythewood’s worst nightmare at the plate, with four hits in four at-bats. Shania Domingue contined her hitting streak with a 2-for-4 performance, and Katie Robinson had two hits.
The Lady Blue Eagles were clicking on all cylinders in the home win against Boiling Springs.
“The kids were ready to play,” said head coach Shea Hall. “I am proud of them.”
Hall said the team put it all together for the first-round playoff win. “Elizabeth had a strong performance on the mound,” said Hall. “We hit the ball and played good defense.”
Clover got on the board in the bottom of the first inning. With the first baseman playing in, Brittany Rhinehardt laid down a bunt single. Brooke Rhinehardt followed with a well-placed bunt, advancing twin sister Brittany to second.
After Blake Wallert singled to leave runners at first and third, Rhinehardt scored during a run-down.
With two outs in the bottom of the third, Marisa Harkey reached on an infield hit. Domingue followed with a triple, scoring Harkey.
Edmunds then singled Domingue home, expanding Clover’s lead to 3-0.
The Lady Blue Eagles scored another run in the fourth, pushing the score to 4-0.
With Edmunds continuing to sizzle on the mound, Clover sealed the win in the bottom of the fifth. A home run by Domingue highlighted the inning, with Edmunds delivering a long double that reached the fence.
Edmunds continued her dominance on the mound.
“It felt great,” Domingue said of the home run. “We have seniors and juniors that get it done. Others need to step up.”