Palmetto tops Dillon in extra innings to take game one in 2A title series

      Ryan Rector's solo homer in the top of the 8th inning gave Palmetto High a 1-0 win over Dillon in game one of the 2A softball state championship series. The game featured solid pitching from Dillon starter Darby Hamer and Mustangs hurler Tabitha Allen. The Wildcats were thrown out at home plate two times. In the 6th inning, Rebecca Callahan delivered a smash to short that was fieldedby Brittany Houston, who fired to first for the out. Landon Bulloch quickly fired to home and catcher Emma Ogburg was able to get the tag just in time to get Shayna Covington out. In the top of the 8th, Rector launched a high fly ball to centerfield. Dillon centerfielder Tara Grimsley nearly pulled it from over the fenche, but Rector rounded the bases for the only run fo the game. Game two is set for Wednesday in the Upstate.

      State Championship Schedule (best of three series)

      Class 4A Softball: Carolina Forest vs. Hillcrest

      Game one: Tuesday at Hillcrest

      Game two: Thursday at Carolina Forest

      Game three: Saturday in Columbia *if necessary

      Class 3A Softball: Hartsville vs. Daniel

      Game one: Tuesday at Hartsville

      Game two: Thursday at Daniel

      Game three: Saturday in Columbia *if necessary

      Class 2A Softball: Dillon vs. Palmetto

      Game one: Palmetto 1 Dillon 0, (8 innings)

      Game two: Wednesday at Palmetto

      Game three: Friday TBD *if necessary

      Class 1A Softball: Latta vs. Chesterfield

      Game one: Tuesday at Chesterfield

      Game two: Thursday at Latta

      Game three: Saturday TBD *if necessary

      Class 1A Baseball: Lamar vs. St. Joseph's

      Game one: Tuesday at St. Joseph's

      Game two: Wednesday at Lamar

      Game three: Friday TBD *if necessary