Lady Gators Softball readies for playoffs
By Rob Gantt
Special to the HSSR
GOOSE CREEK – The Goose Creek High School softball team has done enough to warrant a spot in the Class AAAAA playoffs this spring and will get their shot later this month.
Coach Kirk Rebuck’s team is 8-13 overall in a tough region and has guaranteed itself a spot inside the top six of Region 7-AAAAA.
“We don’t have anybody that’s going to stand out,” Rebuck said. “It’s an overall team concept that we’re preaching. They’re all putting hits together. They’re all making defensive plays.”
The Lady Gators are slated to close out region play on April 7 against James Island.
Outfielder Eternal Fuller leads the team in batting with a .425 batting average, followed by catcher Payton Sillanpaa at .423.
Infielder Tayler Jenkins has a .324 batting average while pitcher Kylie Smith is at .315.
“The girls are taking the necessary steps to get better,” first-year coach Kirk Rebuck said. “It’s a process. It’s not going to happen overnight… We’ve been competing and that’s the important part. That’s how you give yourself a chance to win every game.”
Kaitlyn Fowler, Sierra Gabrielli and Smith have been handling the duties inside the circle.
In Goose Creek’s most recent game, Fort Dorchester knocked off the Lady Gators 9-5.
Jenkins and Gabrielli led Goose Creek with two hits, a run and an RBI apiece and Mallory Haught collected three RBIs. One of Jenkins’ hits was a triple while Haught and Gabrielli had doubles.
Fowler and Smith pitched, allowing five earned runs. Aimee Elsey, Savannah Craig and Brooke McQuillan also scored runs for the Lady Gators.
In track and field, four Goose Creek athletes were crowned champions of Berkeley County by winning their event in the Berkeley County Championships on April 4 at Cane Bay High School.
Individual winners for the Gators were Cameron Copper (boys 400-meter dash), Tyriq Martin (boys 200-meter dash) and Jurnee McPherson (girls high jump). The boys 4x100 relay won too.
Goose Creek will compete on Saturday, April 8 in the Cane Bay Invitational, entering the last month of the season.
The state championships are May 12-13 at Spring Valley High School.