South Pointe softball poised for playoff run
By C.R. Cumbee
Rock Hill—A year ago, the South Pointe softball team failed to qualify for the Class AAA playoffs. After moving up a classification this spring, the Stallions have their sights set on the postseason. Head coach Ryan Morrison has his team off to a 5-2 start, including a 2-1 mark in region play.
“They’re very talented. We knew they would be good eventually, but they’ve probably played better sooner than we thought. We played a pretty tough schedule in the preseason and got it handed to us a little bit, but I think it helped them grow up and be ready for the regular season,” Morrison said.
South Pointe has used a tandem inside the circle throughout the season, with senior Kamryn Culp and sophomore Isabella Dunn sharing the pitching duties. They also rotate in centerfield, and are each hitting over .400 at the plate.
“We’ve gotten great pitching from both of them. When you’re not giving up a lot of runs, it’s a whole lot easier to win,” Morrison said.
Two other seniors are in the starting lineup in catcher Mercedes Howze and first baseman Stevie Herd. Howze is batting over .400 and has been one of the bigger surprises for the coaching staff while Herd is also swinging it well with an average above .300.
“She’s made great improvement in the offseason,” Morrison said of Howze. “She’s knocking down balls, blocking balls and throwing out baserunners. We thought we knew her limit, but she’s shown an even higher limit.”
The infield is extremely young, but talented for the Stallions. Third baseman Kayt Houston, shortstop Christiana Scott and second baseman Shelby Gipson are all freshmen, but Houston leads the team with a batting average close to .700. Scott is also north of the .300 mark.
Junior Meg Mathis starts in right field with sophomore Heather Alverson in left. Grace Mozingo, a junior, is the designated player, and junior outfielder Bailey Martin rounds out the roster. Morrison is assisted by Fred Dunn and Lacy Adams.
South Pointe travels to Ridge View next before beginning a three-game homestand against Richland Northeast, Rock Hill and York.