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Hanahan softball team tops Crescent, 2-1, ties state title series at a game apiece

Hanahan's softball team beat Crescent, 2-1, Wednesday to force a decisive game three in the state championship series Friday in Columbia. (Scott Eisberg/WCIV)

With their backs against the wall, down 1-0 in the state championship series, Hanahan’s softball team roared back to life Wednesday night to force a deciding game three.

Looking for their first state title in 9 years, the Hawks forced a decisive game three after holding on to beat Crescent, 2-1, in game two Wednesday.

Tied 1-1 in the bottom of the fifth, Hanahan scored the go-ahead and game winning run after Ashley Meckley hit a triple, then scored on a sacrifice fly by Rachel Shelley.

Pitcher Mackenzie Dyson worked her way out of bases-loaded jams in both the sixth and seventh innings without allowing a run, allowing the Hawks to hang on for the win.

Hanahan will face Crescent in the series finale to decide the state championship Friday in Columbia.

See highlights and hear reaction from coaches and players in the video above.

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