Summerville High Softball team counting on chemistry in state championships
SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - Summerville High School's softball team is heading into game two of the AAAA State Championship in Clover, SC.
Tuesday night, the Town of Summerville encouraged it's community to send the team off with cheers and encouragement. The crowd donned green shirts, pom poms and posters.
The Lady Green Wave are going up against the Blue Eagles, hoping to knock it out of the park and bring home the state championship.
"Everyone's getting pumped for the game. Teachers are even excited and writing on their white boards, 'Come to the game!'," said pitcher Summer Jenkins.
The team says the town's support had given them a boost in confidence.
"They've been here through the winds and loses, so it's nice knowing that they're here for us," said Sarah Windham, short stop.
Monday night, the Lady Green Wave won the first of the three-game series, 3-1. They also set a new record for the high school, with 30 straight wins for a season.
"That was pretty big," said Head Coach Heather Tucker.
Tucker says despite their excitement about breaking a record, the team is staying focused. They say their success relies on the chemistry between players.
"At school we're always seeing each other in the hallways and just excited and pumping each other up for game days," Jenkins said.
Tucker has been coaching softball at Summerville High for twelve years. She knows the pressure of playing in a state championship, first hand. When Tucker played softball at Stratford High School in 1996, the school was the first in the Lowcountry to win the AAAA State Championship title.
"She's been there before, she knows the atmosphere and she knows the game really well," Windham said.
Since Stratford's win, only one other area school has won the title - Hannahan High School in 2008. So, the team says there's a lot riding on the Lady Green Wave to not only win state for Summerville High, but also for the Tri-County.
"It's been a good season but if, I'm honest, we won't be satisfied if we don't win," Tucker said.
Tucker says the team decided to drive a night early, so the team was well rested and had plenty of time to warm up the day of the game.
"Win or lose, I'm super excited for my team, super excited for their futures," Windham said.
"We've got through so much this year and it's going to be great either way," Jenkins said.
Summerville High faces off against Clover high Wednesday at 6 p.m. in Clover. If Summerville wins, they will win the championship. If Clover wins, it will go to game three.
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