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Brutal Early Season Schedule Preparing Battery Creek To Win Softball Region Title

By Billy G. Baker

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Beaufort-Playing the toughest schedule of any softball team to date in South Carolina the third ranked Battery Creek lady Dolphins were just 2-7 after their first 9 nine games having battled power house teams like Byrnes, Summerville, Kings Academy, Ga., Hillcrest, and Dorman.

No wonder when battery Creek picked don someone in their own classification and region, they defeated MAY River 6-0 on March 19. Look for more of the same the rest of the season as teams get better from playing the bigger schools and time will tell just how valuable the early season stiff competition truly was.

“We have really challenged ourselves in the first part of the season,” said veteran head coach Chris Carr. “Playing Byrnes and Kings Academy have prepared us for region play. Our team has experienced some ups and downs, but it is going to make us stronger as a team.

“We need to keep jelling and getting our rookies acclimated to our system, but it has helped zero in our focus. I’m happy with the progress we have made over the first half od the seasons we are about the process, not the results. If we keep working to stay mentally tough and getting better each day, then we will be where we want to be come playoff time.”

Against may River senior Coker College signee Alexis Ortiz allowed just tone hit, had only one walk, and she fanned 14 batters. Emily Crosby came through two home runs in the game against may River as well.

As a team Battery Creek collected 12 hits against May River. Four players had two or more hits against May River. Journeigh Doray had three hits while Ortiz, Crosby, and McKenzie Young each had two hits.

The Lady Dolphins will play May River again on March 22 before playing Ridgeland-Hardeeville on Monday March 26. on march, 28 they play Hanahan and then on the following Friday they play Ridgeland-Hardeeville once again.

The stats leaders after 9 games shoe five players with batting averages .348 or better. The team hit leader is Crosby at .417 with seven RBI’s and three home runs. Young is at .429 with two RBI’s while Doray is at .348 with three RBI’s. Ortiz is batting .346 with six RBI’s and two home runs. Rounding out the top hitter are Grace Hetrick who is at .333.

In the circle Ortiz has handled most of the pitching duties tossing 50.2 innings through 9 games. She has fanned 69 batters and has an ERA of 1.79. Bailey Emmert, Doray and Kelsey Hill have also seen action in the circle.

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