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Hannah-Pamplico facing stiff competition in AA

By C.R. Cumbee

Staff Writer

Pamplico—The Hannah-Pamplico softball team captured a district championship and advanced to the Lower State final four in 2018, but that was in the Class A division.

The Raiders moved up a classification this year and will have to contend with the likes of defending state champion Andrews, Johnsonville, Latta and East Clarendon in their region.

“I’ve got high expectations. They make us look good as coaches and I think we can hang with anybody in the state. The girls just have to keep their minds in the game, have faith and believe in themselves,” said head coach Brittany Owens.

“We’ve been hit or miss with our bats. Overall, we’re pretty solid. In the region, we know Andrews is going to be tough and we proved we can play with East Clarendon. We’ve just got to stop making errors.”

Hannah-Pamplico has a pair of All-Region selections back this spring in senior shortstop Kenley Daves and junior left fielder Anna Pressley Munn.

Also in the starting lineup this season is junior centerfielder Maddy Boyle, junior catcher Mary Katherine Faulkenberry, junior right fielder Mary Smith, freshman first baseman Jordan Hudson, freshman second baseman Katelyn Turner, eighth-grade third baseman Riley Calcutt and eighth-grade pitcher Anna Claire Stone.

“She’s a tough kid,” Owens said of Stone. “But about half of the team can pitch. We try to split it up each game and we have a lot of depth at pitcher. We’ve got everything from speed to movement and everything in between.”

Other players on the roster include senior Kiersten Weaver, sophomore Jamees Myers, freshman Claire Nettles and eighth-grader Katelyn Scott.

The Raiders are 3-3 overall and 2-3 in conference play, with upcoming games against Dillon and East Clarendon. They will need to pull together and do the little things right in order to come out on top.

“We are individuals who came together as a team, and a team that came together as a family. That’s what it’s all about. We know we’re going to make mistakes, but as long as we stay together, we’ll be good. I’m really proud of them,” Owens said.

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