LEXINGTON — Crescent softball fell to Aynor 8-2 on Friday and lost the SCHSL Class AAA state championship series, 2-1.
Here are three takeaways.
Aynor came out swinging
With three runs in the first inning on three hits and a pair of walks, Aynor (30-2) jumped on Crescent (27-5) to start the game and didn’t look back, ending up with 12 hits.
“Those first three runs I think they basically scored without getting the ball out of the infield. It really wasn’t that we made mistakes, it was just three hits that found the right holes,” Crescent coach Jeff Craft said. “We would have had to make really phenomenal plays to get out of that jam and we didn’t.”
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Jolie Davis was the silver lining for Crescent
Though the Crescent offense had just three hits, sophomore right fielder Jolie Davis did all she could from the batter’s box. Davis slammed a home run over the center field fence to keep the lead from getting out of hand to make it 3-1. She added a second hit in the fourth, going 2-for-3.
“She just battled this series, that was actually her first home run. We’re just proud of her, she’s worked on becoming more disciplined at the plate and she’s done that,” Craft said. “She’s laying off some pitches, but she’s always going to be a free swinger and we’ve not discouraged it.”
Future is bright for Crescent softball
Despite losing two seniors that are headed to college for softball in Courtney Baldwin, a Limestone signee, and Emily Blackwell, a North Greenville signee, Crescent should return everyone else on its roster, including nine eighth-graders.
“There’s a lot of young talent here, we have a great seventh-grade group coming up too and a lot of good young athletes in our community,” Craft said. “So, we’ll keep getting better … but we still have to figure out how to replace those two special seniors.”