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Laurens District 55 High School Varsity Softball falls to James Byrnes High School 2-1

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Saturday, April 29, 2017

12:00 PM

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Game Recap

The Laurens Lady Raiders suffered their first loss in the 5A district playoffs on Saturday but it was not one without controversy.

Down 2-1 to the Byrnes Rebels in the bottom of the seventh, the Lady Raiders had runners on first and third with one out. Cassy Plaia reached first base safely after a perfect squeeze bunt that scored Octavia Johnson and moved Vanessa Harshaw to third.

The home plate umpire said Plaia stepped on the plate and called her out and moved the runners back to first and third. The next batter grounded out and the Lady Raiders took a 2-1 loss.

Laurens (17-9) will host Nation Ford at 7pm on Monday in an elimination game. The winner will have to beat Byrnes twice on Wednesday to advance.

Defensive miscues plagued the Lady Raiders throughout the game. Laurens committed seven errors and both Byrnes runs scored on errors with two outs. One run scored in the second and one run in the sixth.

Laurens scored their run in the third inning. Harshaw singled and was moved to second by Plaia. Matti Cantrell singled to score Harshaw.

Cantrell was 2 for 3 with an RBI. Johnson was 2 for 3 with a double. CJ Ginn and Harshaw each had one hit.

Delio took the loss, pitching seven innings, allowing two runs on five hits, walking one and striking out one.

*Courtesy of www.golaurens.com

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