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Chapin Softball Advances To Final Four In Upper State AAAA With 24 Wins On Season

By Billy G. baker

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Chapin—The Chapin Eagles softball team (24-8) won their district and advanced to the final four teams in the AAAA lower state before a 4-3 loss at Darlington ended their season on May, 7th.

Head coach Jason Jolley has now completed his 10th season at Chapin.

One key game in the playoffs was a 8-1 win over Colleton County to win the district. “Everyone in our line-up had a hit and we had 13 hits total in that game and Tracy Truesdale pitched all seven innings and held Colleton County in check for the most part,” said Coach Jolley. “We are going to miss three starting seniors who have been in the program for awhile. Molly Burns has been a steady Eddie for five years at second base.” Burns batted .382 with 31 RBI’s and 8 doubles.

The other two starting Chapin seniors were first baseman Kaitlyn Borcky who batted .346 with 22 RBI’s and third baseman Ayshia Mayers who batted .300 with 15 RBI’s.

Chapin had five juniors on the roster this season so the cupboard is not bare by any means. Junior pitcher Caitlyn Toole is committed to USC Beaufort and she had six wins this season. Tracy Truesdale is just a junior and she led the team with 12 wins while compiling an ERA of 3.20. Truesdale was also a hammer at the plate batting .473 with 31 RBI’s and five home runs.

She and Haley Truesdale are committed to USC-Aiken. Haley led the team in hitting at .473 with 20 RBI’s, three doubles, two triples and one home run. Junior third baseman Kyla Koch was the starting catcher and she batted .405 with a team leading 33 RBI’s. Koch is committed to Francis Marion.

Freshman Kimber Bradley led off the 12-2 loss at Berkeley on the road with a triple and the speedy center fielder has a bright future. Bradley batted .346 with 22 RBI’s. Another talented freshman is shortstop Gracie Derrick who batted .467 with 26 RBI’s including five doubles and four triples. “Both Kimber and Gracie have a lot of great softball in front of them and we are looking forward to having them back next season,” said Coach Jolley. “They put up some incredible numbers for being freshmen.”

Some other members of the team included junior Cameron Criminger who also won six games in the circle. Freshman Dallas Mayers, senior Clarissa Ruff, freshman Savannah Turner, and senior Junie Wright, who batted .333 contributed as well.

“We have won many region titles (8-0 this year) and several district titles in my 10 years at Chapin but the one thing we keep striving for is a state title,” said Coach Jolley. “We have a hard working group of girls and just maybe we can put it all together next season and win a state title.”

 

 

 

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