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Andrews High School

Andrews in contention for conference crown

By C.R. Cumbee

Staff Writer

Andrews—The Andrews softball team put together a magical run last spring, capturing the Class AA state championship. With more than half of the lineup gone to graduation, the Yellow Jackets have had to fill some holes early this season.

 “We didn’t have to start over. All but three of our players were on the team last year, but they don’t have that experience being in those pressure situations,” head coach Mary Ellen Morris said. “They get it and they know what they have to do. We’re just trying to work on playing together as a team and getting to know each other on the field.”

Andrews is currently 5-2 on the season, including a 4-1 mark in region play with the lone defeat coming to Johnsonville, 1-0. They have upcoming games against Timberland and Carvers Bay, along with remaining conference series with Kingstree and Latta.

“We’ve already had our series with East Clarendon and Johnsonville, and Latta is probably the biggest one left,” Morris said.

While the Yellow Jackets lost some key players from last year, there was still plenty of talent returning in 2019. Pitcher Carli McCants is a senior College of Charleston signee that has 54 strikeouts and a 0.75 earned run average in 28 innings pitched. At the plate, she is hitting .462 with five runs batted in.

“She’s throwing hard, being a leader and doing what the team needs her to do,” Morris said.

Also making an impact is junior catcher Camie Samson, who is a five-tool player. She is batting .438 with nine runs scored, eight RBI and seven stolen bases.

“She looks great and is leading the team in almost every batting category right no,” Morris said.

Sophomore Faith Callaway moved from the outfield to shortstop this season and has posted a .600 batting average with nine runs, six RBI and six stolen bases.

Other starters include veteran third baseman Caroline Bourne, senior first baseman Dacie Smith, junior second baseman Ansley Harrington, junior left fielder Chloe Tisdale, senior centerfielder Abagail Morris, freshman right fielder Raylee Cannon, and freshman designated player/pitcher/outfielder Savannah Moore.

Seniors Jaelyn Cannon and Savana Cooper round out the roster.

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