Spartanburg Sports Report

Rebels Upper State Champions

In the fifth matchup between the two teams this season the Byrnes Rebels softball team was able to become the first ever SC 5A Upper State softball champions with an 11-5 victory over region foe Boiling Springs. While the Bulldogs were able to capture the Region III-5A championship by capturing two of three from the Rebels in the regular season, it was the two victories by Byrnes in the postseason that has propelled them into the state championship series starting on Monday. “Boiling Springs has a really good team and a lot of really good seniors and this was a good win for us,” said Byrnes head coach Brandi Aiken, “We’re going to find out a little bit about White Knoll but we’re going to try and keep our focus on doing what we do and doing what has gotten us to this point.”

It was a big night offensively for the Byrnes Rebels on Friday night as they scored three runs in the third inning, three runs in the fourth inning, and added four more runs in the sixth inning. The offensive output was led by Kasey Widmyer who scored four of the Rebels runs and Christa Whitesides who added three runs herself. “I was just really proud of how they played tonight. They really battled and for Kasey to come back after giving up three runs I think was really huge for us,” said Coach Aiken. All eleven runs scored by the Rebels on Wednesday night came with two outs in the inning.

The Bulldogs after falling behind 4-1 were able to battle back and tie the game at 4-4 in the top of the fourth inning when Nattalie Hazzard hit a three-run homer into right center field to bring home Emily Hill and Moriah Gomez. It wouldn’t be the only home run of the game for the Bulldogs as Logan Webb hit a solo shot in the top of the seventh to make the final score 11-5 in favor of the Rebels.

The Rebels will now travel to White Knoll on Monday in the first game of a three-game series to determine the first ever SC 5A Softball state championship. White Knoll defeated Wando 4-2 on Friday night to become the SC 5A Lower State champions.