Ninety Six softball overcomes Pendleton, officiating confusion
Sunday, May 04, 2014 12:15 AM
NINETY SIX -- Having to play the second game of the Class AA District II postseason at 11 a.m. Saturday was enough of a wrench in the routine of the Ninety Six and Pendleton high school softball teams.
Ninety Six pitcher Anna Fennell hurls a pitch during Saturday’s Class AA District II playoff game against Pendleton. (Jordan Anders | Index-Journal)
The additional wrench they faced as the game approached left both coaches scrambling to keep their teams focused. And left one of them furious after the contest ended.
Pitcher Anna Fennell struck out 14 Pendleton batters (she has now recorded 692 strikeouts) and the Wildcats' offense notched 13 hits as Ninety Six earned an 11-4 victory that moved it one victory away from a berth in the Upper State playoffs.
Ninety Six will host the district championship Wednesday, taking on the winner of Monday's Pendleton/Batesburg-Leesville game.
The Wildcats used timely hitting and Fennell's dominant performance to overcome six errors. But, strong as their performance was, that wasn't the topic of conversation after the game.
The start of the contest, scheduled for 11 a.m. because of Pendleton's prom taking place Saturday night, was delayed slightly more than an hour because the umpires scheduled to officiate the contest never arrived at Ninety Six.
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