EASLEY — The Easley High School varsity softball team won two of three games last week, including one that gained them a measure of revenge on Wren and the other against previously undefeated Greenwood.
Easley opened the week with a narrow 6-5 loss to Laurens as the Lady Raiders scored a pair of runs in the last inning for the win. The Lady Green Wave then beat Wren 9-7 and closed out the week with a 3-2 decision over Greenwood.
Easley, 4-5 overall and 2-2 in Region 1-AAAA, played host to Hillcrest last night and will be at T.L. Hanna Friday. The Lady Green Wave will be at home to battle Westside March 26, travel to J.L. Mann March 28 and travel to Woodmont March 29. All games begin at 7:30, except Mann which is 6:00
Laurens 6, Easley 5
Easley took a 2-0 lead in the third inning, but then fell behind 4-3 after five innings. Laurens held that margin until the seventh when the Lady Green Wave went back in front, only to lose in the bottom of the inning.
Easley scored twice in the third when Emily Freeman and Mattison Trammell walked to start the inning. With two outs, Taylor Jones walked to load the bases and Kelsey Garrett hit a two-run single.
The Lady Raiders pushed three runs home in the fourth, but Easley tied the game in the top of the next inning when Jones walked and scored on a triple by Garrett. Laurens regained the lead in the bottom of the inning.
The Lady Green Wave took the lead in the top of the seventh. Boo Vaughn singled and Sydney Patterson reached on a fielder’s choice as Vaughn was safe at second on an error. They moved up a base on a wild pitch and Garrett walked to load the bases. Patterson and Garrett both came home on passed balls.
Laurens used a walk, a double, an error and a single to score twice in the seventh for the win.
Easley 9, Wren 7
Easley rebounded from that loss and gained revenge for an earlier loss to Wren the next night with a victory over the Lady Hurricanes.
Vaughn, Patterson and Jones opened the game for Easley with singles and Vaughn scored on a groundout by Garrett. But Wren pitcher Haley Lester got out of the inning without further damage with two infield outs.
Wren tied the game in the second on a home run by Kesley Collins and took a 2-1 lead in the third when Reagan Davis doubled and scored on an error.
Wren went up 6-1 with four in the fifth, but Easley responded with six in the bottom of the inning for a 7-6 lead. Vaughn opened the inning with a single and Jones hit a one-out single. Vaughn scored on a double by Garrett and Brittany Kimbrough reached on an error that scored a run. Robin Bradley got both runners home when she singled and took third on an error on the play. A groundout by Freeman scored Bradley. Bailey Page, Trammell and Vaughn hit consecutive singles for another run.
The Lady Green Wave got two more runs in the bottom of the sixth. Jones walked, and Garrett and Kimbrough singled to load the bases. Bradley singled to score Jones, with Garrett coming home on a wild pitch.
Wren made the final margin in the seventh when Collins hit her third home run of the series.
Easley 3, Greenwood 2
Defense and pitching along with timely hitting enabled Easley to hand Greenwood its first loss of the season. The Lady Green Wave played errorless defense and got five strikeouts from Kimbrough en route to the win. Easley also turned a double play in the ninth inning to thwart a Greenwood rally.
Easley’s offense was shut down the first three innings and threatened in he fourth with two runners on, but failed to score. The Lady Green Wave, which was down 2-0 after three doubles and a single in the fourth, finally broke through to tie the game in the sixth.
Patterson led off the sixth with a single and went to second on a one-out single by Garrett. Kimbrough doubled to score Patterson and Easley tied the game on a groundout by Bradley.
In the ninth, the game saw the international tie-breaker put in play where the final out from the previous inning was placed at second base. For Easley, that put Kimbrough at second. Bradley doubled to right to score Kimbrough and give Easley a 3-2 lead. Bradley went to third on a groundout, but was left stranded on a strikeout.
In the Greenwood half of the ninth, the leadoff batter hit a grounder to Vaughn at short, who threw to first for the out. On the throw, the runner took off to third, but was gunned down by Page on a throw to Bradley for the double play. A fly ball to Jones in left ended the game. It was one of eight outs for Easley’s outfielders.