Spartanburg Sports Report

Woodruff Rallies To Victory

Woodruff came to bat against Camden in the bottom of the seventh needing just one run to advance to the winners side of the District 3 bracket in the 3A softball playoffs. They used just two batters and no outs to make it happen.

Madison Yerkes led the off the inning for the 1-seed Wolverines and worked a lengthy at-bat into a walk. Yerkes stole 2nd to get herself in scoring position. Molli Littlefield hit a 2-2 pitch between into right field, and Yerkes was off. She got the green light at third, and beat out the throw at the plate to cap a 4-3 victory.

“I was trying to be smart, trying to get my team ahead, and trying to win this ballgame. I wasn’t stopping. I was going to keep on going,” Yerkes said.

The Bulldogs went up 1-0 in the third inning, and were able to build that lead in the fifth. Several Woodruff miscues allowed Camden to take control of the game.

An error, fielder’s choice that resulted in a safe call at third, wild pitch, passed ball and well timed double plated two for the Bulldogs in the inning. When the Wolverines came up to hit in the bottom of the inning they needed an answer to gain some momentum.

Cue up Yerkes’ first act of heroics in the game. With the first batters reaching base, she was up and wasted no time evening the score. Yerkes drilled the first pitch to left center for a 3-run home run.

“I saw it coming in. I had to wait on it, but it was right down the middle. I knew it was going to be a good hard hit. I’m glad it was right down the middle,” said Yerkes.

She wasn’t the only one happy with the pitch, Woodruff pitcher, Olivia Patton came out in the sixth and retired the side in order. Patton also retired the seventh in order, but it was a heads up play at first that kept the batters to a minimum.

Tied at 3-3, Camden appeared to have a lead off single to get the Bulldogs going in the top half of the seventh. Madison Littlefield, though, tagged the runner out on the way back to the bag. After reaching safely at 1st, she turned left towards second keeping the play live.

Despite the shaky fifth inning, Patton had no doubt she and her team would be able to see their way to the victory.

“I just knew we had to do something. This game was so important. My team, I knew they were going to pull it out even though it was a close game. It’s just team work,” Patton said.

Woodruff coach, Lee Ann Skinner wasn’t too worried about her “cardiac kids” would be able battle back.

“They’ll push it right to the limit, but they’ll always somehow manage to find a way, whatever it takes, to pull it through,” Skinner said.