The Lowcountry Storm softball team out of Bluffton won the 18U division at the USSSA Southeast Slugfest at Ace Basin Complex in Walterboro this weekend.
The Storm survived a wild ride in the championship game, scoring eight runs in the top of the fifth to take a commanding lead before allowing seven in the bottom of the frame to hang on for a 13-11 victory over Lake Marion-Branchville, which had previously been unbeaten in the tournament.
The Storm opened pool play with an 11-1 win over the East Coast Renegades, as KK Bradshaw (2-for-3, 2 R, 3 RBIs) and Madison Sanchez (2-for-3, 2 R, 2 RBIs) led the offense while Bradshaw and Jaelyn Monfort combined to limit the Renegades to one unearned run.
Bradshaw had another two-hit game, but the Storm couldn’t generate much more offense in a 7-3 loss to Angels 04. They were able to exact revenge in a rematch in bracket play, though, hammering the Angels 13-2 in the semifinals.
Makenzie Bailey was 3-for-3 with a triple, two runs, and three RBIs to lead the offensive outburst, while Bradshaw and Gabby Ximenez each added two hits and an RBI. Bradshaw also earned the win in the circle, allowing two runs and four hits in a three-inning complete game.
The Storm’s bats stayed hot in the finale, as they racked up 13 hits in the slugfest. Essence Champion was 2-for-3 with a homer, three runs, and three RBIs to lead the way, but five players had multiple hits for the Storm. Sanchez was 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs, Ruthie Roman was 2-for4 with an RBI, Taylor Radford went 2-for-2 with a triple and three RBIs, and Monfort was 2-for-3 with an RBI and went the distance in the circle to earn the hard-fought win.
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