Whitley Weathers delivered a tremendous 11-strikeout complete game, and Colleton County softball opened the SCHSL 4A District III tournament with a 5-1 home triumph Friday over South Aiken.
Just a day after the Colleton Prep War Hawks put the finishing touches on a spectacular softball state championship season, their county neighbors started a title run of their own in dominant fashion.
After a scoreless first two innings, the Cougars came through in the third, scoring four runs to jump out in front 4-0. Shandi Brown and Bailey Cox got things started with back-to-back singles, and Brown crossed the plate on an error to open the scoring. After a Weathers walk and Sydney Howard single loaded the bases, Makayla Chisolm picked up an RBI groundout to score another Cougar run. Then Jordan Slocum came up big, smashing a double to center field and doubling the lead to 4-0.
Colleton County added another tally in the fifth, as a Howard leadoff triple set up a Slocum sacrifice fly to make it a 5-0 game. South Aiken got on the scoreboard with a two-out single in the sixth, but Weathers didn’t let the Thoroughbreds get any closer, allowing just one more baserunner the rest of the way to seal the playoff-opening win.
The Cougar ace put together another dazzling outing, going all seven innings and allowing just one earned run while striking out 11. Slocum came up with the clutch hits at the plate, going 2-for-2 with a double and three RBIs. Brown was 3-for-4 from the leadoff spot, and both Howard and Cox picked up a pair of hits.
Colleton County (16-0) remains in the winners bracket to face the Midland Valley-South Florence victor at home Monday with the winner advancing to the district championship game.
By Wes Kerr