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Williamsburg Academy Softball, Baseball Teams “Sweep” Wins Over Rival Carolina Academy Friday By Billy Baker

Williamsburg Academy Softball, Baseball Teams “Sweep” Wins Over Rival Carolina Academy Friday

By Billy Baker


Kingstree—It has been a couple years since the Williamsburg Academy softball team last defeated rival Carolina Academy so head coach Pat Wildes was pleased with his Lady Stallions eking out a 1-0 win in a pitchers’ duel as the temperature hovered around 47 degrees Friday afternoon.

The situation was much different on the baseball diamond as the Stallion’s baseball team (6-2) got a superb pitching performance from junior righty Joe Kellahan as he tossed a no-hitter with 8 strike-outs helping his team to an 11-0 five inning win over the visiting Bobcats.

On the hit index for the WA baseball team Boyd Casselman led the way going 3-for4- at the plate and he drove in four runs. The Stallions had six hits. The other three hits came from Will McCutchen, Blaine McFadden, and Stone Robert Coward.

“This was a great win with Joe Kellahan throwing 55 pitches and getting a no- hitter so you can’t ask for anymore from him,” said head Williamsburg Academy coach Tyler Boyd.  “Our defense only made one error behind him so we would please with our defense.

“This was a rivalry game and when we play Carolina Academy, they are usually much closer games but we got hot there in the last couple of innings,” said Coach Boyd. “We have kind of been stressing a little bit in our hitting the last couple games, not so much in timely hitting, but just putting the ball in play.”

The Stallions will now travel to Pee Dee Academy on Tuesday for a key region game. “I think both of us have no losses in the region, and it is still early in the season, but it is a game that will let us know where we stand,” said Coach Boyd. “We are playing well right now, especially on defense. Except for a couple innings we have thrown strikes all year. We will get better at the plate.”

Coach Boyd anticipates throwing ace Blaine McFadden against the Eagles Tuesday.   

Carolina Academy used three pitchers during the game. Austin Brown worked 3.2 innings giving up five runs and striking out three. Only one run scored against Brown was earned. Matt Gaskins came in and pitched one inning giving up three earned runs. Logan Miles closed out the game for the Bobcats.

Meanwhile the softball game between the lady Stallions and lady Bobcats was a true pitcher’s duel between Nealy Lamb of WA and Jaimee Epps of CA.

The game remained scoreless until the bottom of the 6th inning. Hannah Miles reached base when her hard-hit line drive bounded out of the glove of the CA outfielder, and then a bad throw to first base allowed Miles to advance to second. Summer Vause came in as a courtesy runner. Abbie McCants then singled to put runners on first and third with one-out. Two batters later Allie McFadden beat out an infield ground ball to reach first safely allowing Vause to score the only run of the game.  

“Nealy Lamb was outstanding on the mound today,” said WA head coach Pat Wildes. “This was a good win today and this is a tough conference to play in. It does not get any easier from here on out.”

Coach Wildes said the cold weather during the game might have affected hitting from both teams during the game. “We started off batting really well at the start of the season but I think the cold weather effected both teams in this game but I expect us to get our bats going again,” said Coach   Wildes. “It has been a couple years since we have beat Carolina Academy and we are big rivals so it is a big win for us tonight.”

The Lady Stallions now travel to Pee Dee Academy on Tuesday in a huge region game. “We are both undefeated in the region so that game is very important to us and they are a talented team,” said Coach Wildes.  ‘We need to play one of our better games al season on Tuesday.”

Meanwhile, 26- year Carolina Academy (4-4) coaching veteran Scotty Phillips said after the game, “First of all Nealy (Lamb) pitched a heck of a game for them tonight,” said Coach Phillips. “Our pitcher Jaimee Phillips pitched very well also and she looked like her old self tonight and that is a good thing. This was her best game she has pitched all season.

“Our starting catcher is a first-year starter Cassie McClain and she has a good arm and good bat,” said Coach Phillips. “Our first baseman is Vandy Timmons and she has already hit four home runs this year so she has a lot of power.  She had 12 RBIs in one game this season with a three-run home runner and a grand slam.

“Our second baseman is Maggie Johnson and she is in the 10th grade playing solid at the plate and in the field,” said Coach Phillips.  “Our shortstop is senior Harley Welch and she is batting around .550 and she has been on the varsity since 8th grade. Junior Lindsay Rodgers is at third base and out in left field is is Rachel Yarborough and she is a lefty with good speed and a good bat.

Claire Floyd, our center fielder has been the biggest surprise on the team so far and she is leading us in batting right now with a .640 average,” said Coach Phillips. “Sarah Beth Lynch and Garland Matthews are sharing time in right field.

“We have a very good team this year and we are capable of competed for a state championship,” said Coach Phillips. “We just have to get a few kinks worked out.  We lost one of our pitchers to grades this season so we could use more depth behind Jaimee Epps. Jaimee is a senior and she has been a very good pitcher for us for a long time.  If our pitching comes around, we can have a deep playoff run.”  


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