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Lady Gators close to piecing it all together

 

By Rob Gantt

Special to the HSSR

 

GOOSE CREEK - The Goose Creek High School softball team is at the .500 mark in the 2019 campaign, with as many victories as setbacks to speak of. Half of the six defeats, though, came by two runs or less.

The Lady Gators have also played a tough schedule.

“I think we have a strong team pitching-wise and hitting-wise,” Goose Creek coach Sharon Allred said. “It’s a matter of having that one bad inning defensively. If we can learn to focus and get stronger through those later innings, we’re right there with everybody we play. It seems it’s just that one inning that gets us.”

The Lady Gators (6-6) had an easy night at the ballpark on March 18, coasting past Stall High School 18-1 in a non-region game. Infielder/pitcher Kylie Smith, infielder/pitcher Skylar Page and catcher Alex Flowers drove in two runs each in the rout. Page struck out six batters in three innings to earn the pitching victory.

Outfielder Hayley Hocott and Page scored three runs each.

On March 15, Goose Creek edged West Ashley 6-1. Second baseman Maddie Humphries drove in two runs and Page fanned 11 batters while surrendering just three hits.

Senior shortstop/pitcher Sierra Gabrielli is the team’s leading hitter with a .375 batting average. Allred said Smith and infielder Mallory Haught are near the top of the stat sheet in hitting too.

Additional starters are outfielders Tayler Jenkins, Brooke McQuillan, Gabby Nettles and Monica Litchfield.

Gabrielli, McQuillan, Haught and Litchfield are the team’s four seniors in their final year in the program.

“We’re not winning all the wars but we’re winning some battles,” Allred said. “We’re still getting everything figured out but the team is capable. We’re learning with every game. We’ve got to get our bats going again.”

Allred’s team travels to Berkeley on March 25 before hosting Wando on March 27 and traveling to James Island on March 29.

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