Lady Cavaliers trying to overcome one bad inning
By C.R. Cumbee
Bishopville—The Robert E. Lee Academy softball team knew the first half of the season would be challenging, but didn’t expect to struggle as much as they have.
The Cavaliers’ schedule included both the defending state champions and runners-up from SCISA Class 3A and 2A, and that has caused them to be in an unfamiliar position with a 0-8-1 overall record.
“I always have high expectations, but we’ve gotten off to a rough start. They’re working hard and getting after it. We just seem to have one bad inning every game, and that’s what kills us,” head coach Kim Langston said. “Everything is contagious. We haven’t really hit the ball well all year, but we started to come around at the end of the last game. Hopefully that will get them going and things will start to fall in place for us.”
Although the results haven’t been what they hoped for, there is still plenty of time for the Cavaliers to get untracked and gain momentum down the final stretch of the regular season. However, consistency is the key to making a run in the playoffs.
“We’ve made some great plays in the field – some double plays and finished a couple of pickles. There’s been some bright spots. It’s just a matter of putting it all together for one game. It’s coming. They just have to keep their heads up and keep plugging away,” Langston said.
Senior Kelsey Watford starts at pitcher for Lee Academy and has played through an injury to her throwing hand this season. Behind the plate is junior catcher Alex White.
Two seniors are also on the infield in first baseman Meagan Watson, who has saved several errors with her defensive prowess, and shortstop Reghann Griffin, a multi-sport standout.
Junior Meg Gaskins is the second baseman and sophomore Carson Shannon has handled the hot corner at third.
“She’s been spectacular for us at third base,” Langston said of Shannon. “She’s made some plays that are just phenomenal.”
In the outfield, centerfielder Rebecca Dinkins is a key player to watch. The freshman is the youngest member of the team, but has a great future ahead of her.
Senior Bailey Nix flanks Dinkins in left field while juniors Ferrell Watford and Caroline McCutchen have both seen action in right field. Designated player Clara Kelly rounds out the lineup.
The Cavaliers aren’t writing this season off just yet, and will try to get in the win column with three upcoming games in a four-day span. They host Pee Dee Academy (April 4) and Thomas Sumter (April 5) before going to Florence Christian (April 7).
“We’ve got a pretty strong jayvee team so we’ll have some young kids coming up to fill some big shoes, but I still think we have an opportunity to do well this year. We could easily win our next three games. It’s all about desire and want-to,” Langston said.