Originally created 05/08/99

Silver Bluff wins district title



PETTICOAT JUNCTION, S.C -- Silver Bluff's softball team set out Friday to do what no previous Bulldogs team has done: Win a district championship.

In their way was Gilbert, and the Indians were not sympathetic to Silver Bluff's aspirations.

Gilbert forced a showdown by winning the first game 6-5 before Silver Bluff rebounded for an 8-1 victory in the nightcap to claim the District 6 championship.

Silver Bluff begins play in the lower state double-elimination series Monday against an undetermined opponent.

"I'm just elated about this," Bulldogs coach Eric Hofstetter said. "We've always wanted to get to this level and now we're here. I'm just proud of the way they came back from that first game to pull it through."

Class AA all-state shortstop Erica Green started the ball rolling with an inside the park home run in the first inning of the second contest for the early 1-0 Silver Bluff lead.

The senior North/South all-star selection went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI in the first game and 1-for-4 in the finale.

Green not only left with a district championship, but a scholarship offer from Claflin College was immediately offered to her as she walked off the field.

The Indians killed any chance they had of winning the second contest, committing five errors, three in the seventh inning that led to four Bulldogs runs.

Bulldog pitcher Jenny Vinson didn't look like she had thrown for two games. The All-Region 6-AA hurler pitched two complete games and gave up only five hits in the final contest to hold Gilbert at bay.

"I was drained after that first game," Hofstetter said. "She pitched two games and didn't hurt us one bit. She's too pumped up to feel tired now, but it'll catch up with her in about twenty minutes."

Vinson also went 2-for-3 in the first contest and 1-3 in the latter. The junior improves to 17-2 on the season while the Bulldogs show an overall 19-2 record.