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Carolina Academy ready for softball state tournament


By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Lake City – After a slow start, the Carolina Academy softball team finished strong, capturing second-place in their conference behind powerhouse Williamsburg Academy.

The Bobcats now look to the postseason with the Class AA state softball tournament set to begin on May 12-13th. If they survive the weekend, Carolina would be playing a best-of-three series next week for the state championship.

Carolina Academy enters the state tournament with a 15-9 overall record in the regular season.

“We finished well, playing pretty well here at the end,” said coach Scotty Phillips, who has won five state championships at Carolina Academy. “We’ve come a long way since the beginning of the year and I am proud of them. I feel like we’re probably playing about as well we can right now. It will take us playing very well to survive the weekend but we can do it. We go into the tournament feeling like we have a shot but we have to play our best softball. Class AA is really competitive. Williamsburg is really good, as good as I’ve seen.”

The Bobcats are solid in the pitching circle with junior all-stater Reagan Castles anchoring the staff. Castles battled mono early this spring but is pitching at her best as the playoffs arrive.

Sophomore Madison Lee, a defensive juggernaut with strong leadership ability, is handling duties behind the plate.

Junior Maggie Prosser starts at first base with senior Reagan Springs back at second. Springs is one of the team’s top hitters, according to Phillips.

Starting at shortstop is eighth-grader Harley Welch. Sharing time at third this season are junior Lydia Durant and eighth-grader Jamie Epps, who also sees time in the circle.

Freshman Paxton Dish is starting in left field while senior Jessica Welch works in center. Junior Emily Alexander, a key hitter in the lineup, has worked in right and at designated hitter. Junior Mallory Ward also works in the outfield.

The baseball team completed its season and the Bobcats struggled to find consistency and failed to make the playoffs this spring. The team returned only three starters from last year and had just two seniors on a full-time starting basis.

Several members of the team had solid seasons statistically. Eighth-grader Blaine McFaddin led the team in hitting with a .455 average and posted a 2.75 earned run average on the mound.

Sophomore Tyson Brand batted .395 with 17 hits while Landon Powell batted .393 with seven RBI’s. Senior Benjamin Lamb batted .333 with 13 RBI’s and 14 runs scored while senior Josh Weaver hit .333 with 20 hits and nine RBI’s. Shay Hall added a .304 batting average with eight RBI’s. Junior Bradley Floyd hit under .300 but had 10 RBI’s.

McKenzie Amos led the team in innings pitched with 31 and had a 1.56 earned run average.

 Golf team finishes 8th at state tournament

Carolina Academy’s boys’ golf team competed in the SCISA class AA state tournament, finishing eighth in the team standings with a score of 339.

Hank Reynolds and Noah Mims led the way, each carding a round of 77. Luke Parrott shot 92 and Matthew Lamb shot 93, with Will Matthews shooting 100 for the 18-hole championship.

CA athletes compete in track finals

Carolina Academy’s budding track and field program sent a handful of athletes to the 2017 SCISA state track and field championships on May 6th.

The girls’ 3200-meter relay team posted a fourth-place finish in the finals. That team consisted of Hannah Weaver, Clare Floyd, Grace Weaver and Lake Killman.

Haley Sims qualified for the finals in the shot put, placing fourth in the final standings.

Derrick Smith had a productive day in the boys’ meet. Smith finished fourth in both the 200 and 400-meter dashes, while placing eighth in the 100.

Morris Brown finished seventh in the 1600-meter run. Smith and Brown joined Hilario Rivera and Adam Evans on the 3200-meter relay and that team finished fifth.


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