HS Softball: Hill Powers Dolphins To Lower State Title

Battery Creek’s softball team is two wins away from a state championship.

The Dolphins advanced to the Class 3A championship series Friday with a 7-1 win over Hanahan. 

Kelsey Hill went 3-for-4 with a double, a homer, and four RBIs and Alexis Ortiz had another strong night in the circle for the Dolphins. Ortiz allowed one run and two hits in a complete game, striking out eight.

Hill singled and came around to score on Journeigh Doray’s sacrifice fly to give the Dolphins a 1-0 lead in the first. Battery Creek tacked on two more runs in the second when Hill doubled home Margaret Schubert and Mackenzie Young for a 3-0 advantage. 

The Hawks got to Ortiz for a run in the fourth, but she was able to get out of the jam, and the Dolphins added some insurance in the fourth when Hill and Emily Crosby hit back-to-back homers — Hill’s a two-run shot — for a 6-1 lead. Ortiz added a sacrifice fly to score Olivia Gee in the sixth.

Battery Creek (20-8-1) will open the state championship series at Union County on Monday before hosting the second game of the best-of-three series Wednesday. If the teams split the first two games, a coin flip will determine who hosts the decisive third game Friday. 

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