H-P softball not slowing down under new coach
By C.R. Cumbee
Pamplico—Hannah-Pamplico has been one of the more consistent forces in Class A softball the past few years, and even with a new coach in charge this spring, the performance hasn’t changed.
The Raiders are 8-2 overall and 5-1 in region play with the lone defeat coming to Lake View. They will get a chance to see how they stack up as they prepare to host the top-ranked team in the state in East Clarendon.
“I knew that we had talent. The younger ones coming up have matured so much more, and us coming together as a close-knit team has helped us tremendously,” H-P head coach Brittany Owens said.
“They said they’re hungry. We’re individuals that came together as a team, and a team that came together as a family. We stick together and that’s why we’re doing as good as we are.”
The Raiders have just three seniors on the roster along with one junior, six freshmen and two seventh-graders. The two youngest players are the pitchers – Jordyn Hudson and Katelyn Turner – and Hudson is batting .478 this season.
“To be so young, they have a great head on their shoulders. Yes, they have a lot of growing to do with the game, but they have a drive and they push through everything with a smile on their face,” Owens said.
Heading up the infield is senior shortstop Riley Boyle, who boasts a .462 average. Flanking her is third baseman Mary Smith and second baseman Madison Boyle. First baseman Jessica Bellflowers is hitting a team-high .571 while sharing time with fellow freshman Elizabeth Turner.
The outfield is more of a veteran group, with senior Logan Poston leading the defense in centerfield. Senior Brooke Todd, who is batting .428 with a pair of triples, is in right field, and freshman Anna Pressley Munn is in left. Designated player Jordan Fennell completes the lineup.
“We have hit the ball fairly decent so far. Since we started, the bats have gotten a lot better,” Owens said.