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Walhalla softball gets total effort in win at Chesnee

CHESNEE — Walhalla High School softball coach John Chmelar said his team had a pair of the most determined practices earlier this week that he has seen in quite some time.

And on Thursday night in the Razorbacks’ opening-round game of the Class AA district playoffs, Chmelar got proof positive those practices carried over when it mattered the most, as his squad pounded out 14 hits in defeating Chesnee by a final score 6-1.

But most importantly, the Razorbacks committed just one error behind starting pitcher Taylor Crawford, as miscues in the field have often served to be Walhalla’s undoing this season.

“The secret to our success is, we’ve got to play good defense,” Chmelar said. “We have not lost a single game where we’ve made one or no errors, and I’m tickled to death that we only had one error.”

The Razorbacks were just as solid at the plate, as they struck out just once, while four players came up with multiple hits in the win.

“If you only strike out one time, you’re putting an awful lot of balls in play, and chances are, some of them are hits and you might put a little pressure on the defense and maybe they make some errors,” Chmelar said.

That was certainly the case, as Chesnee committed four errors on the night and got only four base hits off of Crawford.

With the win under their belts, the Razorbacks will take to the road against tonight to face Gilbert at 6 p.m.

Walhalla 6, Chesnee 1

WHS 011 002 2 — 6 14 1

CHS 000 000 1 — 1 4 4

Pitching

W — Crawford; 7 IP; 4 H; 1 R

L — Bishop

Hitting

WHS — Jankowy, 3-4, RBI; Winchester, 2-4, 2 RBI; Miller, 3-3; Ramey, 2-4