NORTH AUGUSTA — As the balls sped past fielders or floated over their heads, North Augusta quickly realized it was getting more than enough hits to extend the season.
The Lady Jackets softball team beat Fort Dorchester for the second time in five days, winning 10-0 in six innings on Monday in an SCHSL Class AAAA state playoff game at Riverview Park.
North Augusta, which beat the Lady Patriots 1-0 on Thursday, eliminated Fort Dorchester and will next visit Wando for the District VII championship. The Lady Jackets must defeat Wando twice.
“We had good hitting up and down the lineup,” North Augusta coach Derrick Quinn said. “We hit the ball hard.”
After scraping across one run in the previous meeting, the Lady Jackets (23-4) had 13 hits on Monday.
Sydney Seigler and Katie Shreve had three hits apiece for North Augusta. Seigler had a home run in the bottom of the fifth. After that solo shot and Rachel Gregory’s single, the Lady Jackets chased Fort Dorchester pitcher Mackenzie Broughton, who had allowed just that one run in the previous game.
“We just weren’t used to the different speeds,” said North Augusta’s Abigail Williamson, who had a two-run single in the sixth. “We really practiced waiting on it.”
With the Lady Jackets piling up hits and runs – they started the game with two runs in the first and ended it with five in the sixth – Seigler had a much larger cushion to work with.
The senior again overwhelmed Fort Dorchester hitters, surrendering only two hits to match Thursday’s output.
On Monday, Seigler also struck out seven as North Augusta stayed alive and set up a showdown against Wando.
“Any time we get to the four-run mark, I feel good,” Quinn said.