C.J. Ginn made sure her last home softball game of the district playoffs was not the final game of her high school career.
Ginn socked a grand slam in the bottom of the sixth inning, turning around what had been a 3-1 deficit against the Nation Ford Falcons and lifting the Raiders to a 5-3 victory and help the Raiders earn a trip to Byrnes for Wednesday’s district final round. Laurens will have to win two games over the Rebels to advance to the Upper State playoffs.
Ginn was 0-for-2 going into the at-bat against Nation Ford starter Makenzie Gaston before she took the first pitch she saw over the left-field fence for the grand slam. The slam capped a rally started with a Vanessa Harshaw walk, then boosted when Cassy Plaia reach on an error at short and Bailey Gibbs reach on an error. Mattie Cantrell reached on a 1-2 fielder’s choice to get Harshaw at the plate, but it set the stage for Ginn’s slam.
Rachel Delio picked up the complete-game victory for the Raiders, giving up six hits and striking out two.