Battery Creek Overcoming Injuries, Hoping To Clinch Second Place in Region 6-AAA
By Billy G. Baker
Beaufort-Injuries are never a good thing for any team so when Battery Creek’s ace sophomore pitcher Alexis Ortiz went down with a hip-flexor injury after the first game of the season head coach Jessica Young turned to Plan B, and after 10 games the Lady Dolphins have produced a 7-3 record going into the final third of the 2017 regular season.
“I can’t say enough about the outstanding job senior Kyleigh Peeples has done stepping up to handle the majority of our pitching load with Alexis out,” said Coach Young. “We have been real pleased with her pitching.”
Over the past 9 games Peeples went 3-2 in the circle and had 22 K’s in 30 innings of work. Freshman Brooke Magoulick also stepped up pitching and she went 2-0 with 15 K’s in 13.1 innings of work. Magoulick plays first when Peeples pitches.
The good news is that after 8 days of practicing with the team Ortiz has been cleared to play as of April, 3 and she is expected to see some time in the circle during a make-up double header at Wade Hampton (H) on April, 5. In the first game of the season Ortiz pitched six innings and fanned 10 batters in the Dolphins 10-2 win over the Red Devils. She left the game after the 6th inning of that game and Peeples came in and struck-out two Wade Hampton batters to pick up the save.
The Dolphins three losses have come to talented SCISA member Thomas Heyward and in a three game series with new school May River an instant rivalry was born when the Sharks took two of the three games. They lost on March, 20 10-7 and then came back and won 5-3 on Wednesday march, 24 before losing the rubber game 14-8 on March, 24.
“I said before the season that I am not a fan of playing a three game series against any team and I still feel this way,” said Coach Young. “It might work for baseball but it is not a good way to go in the sport of softball.”
After playing Wade Hampton BC will compete at Beaufort on April, 10 and they are away at Whale Branch on the 12th. They close out the regular season with a three game series against region foe Bluffton starting on April, 17. Before they closed out the series with the Bobcats on April, 21 they will host a team from Kings Academy, Tennessee on April, 20.
“We are hoping to maintain second place in the region so we can have a good seeding and at least one or two home games in the playoffs,” said Coach Young. “Having Alexis back will really help us down the stretch.
“Our hitting has been really good with Emily Crosby, Isabella Greer and Journeigh Doray leading the way,” said Coach Young. “Doray has been playing solid defense at shortstop also.”
Greer, just a freshman who starts in center field, leads the team with a .625 average including 13 RBI’s, two doubles and two triples. Crosby is a sophomore third baseman batting .600 with 13 RBI’s, three doubles and three home runs. Doray, a freshman, is hitting .448 with a team leading 14 RBI’s including four doubles, one triple and two home runs.
Peeples, who also plays first, helped her own cause by batting .429 to date. Sophomore right fielder Kelsey Hill is currently batting .400 with three RBI’s and junior second baseman Michaux Gee is batting .375 with 9 RBI’s. The other starter batting over .300 is senior catcher Jessica Shipley at .316 with five RBI’s. Shipley has signed to play with USC Salkehatchie.
The team is comprised of 24 players. The Dolphins have a .410 team batting average through 10 games and they have a .900 team fielding percentage as well.
Junior Kenzie Roberts has batted .500 going for three for six and collecting 8 RBI’s in a reserve role. Sophomore outfielder McKenzie Young leads the region in stolen bases with 11. Other players contributing include sophomore Margaret Schubert, freshman Olivia Gee, and sophomore out-fielder Julianna Greer.
“We are still revamping our outfield and looking for the right defensive combination out there,” said Coach Young. “We hope to keep improving now that the team is back to full strength.”