WARDLAW ACADEMY SOFTBALL OFF TO 3-0 START
By: Gerald Doolittle
Johnston, S.C. -The Wardlaw Academy Lady Patriots of Coach Mark Rodgers are off to a 3-0 start to the 2017 softball season. They have started with wins over W.W. King (15-0), Richard Winn (5-3) and Augusta Christian (13-1). They have had two games canceled by opponents who could not field teams this season. Last season the Lady Patriots finished with a 16-5 record.
“Right now, we are doing alright,” said Coach Rodgers. “We just need more playing time to improve on our skills. Before spring break we will face Greenwood Christian and Augusta Christian.”
Most of the Lady Patriots pitching will come from Savannah Rodgers (jr). She has made a verbal commit to Columbia College. In 2016, she had a 2.19 ERA with 120 strikeouts. So far, this season she has 25 strikeouts and a 3-0 record.
Much of the offensive punch will be off the bat of Kyle Wash (sr). Last season she had a .560 batting average. Anna Lee Rodgers (so) will also be a major offensive weapon. Last season she had a .456 batting average.
Sophomores Elizabeth Ruth and Davis Wash will also be impact offensive players. Last season they had batting averages of .390 and .350. Wash also had 36 stolen bases.
Others on the Lady Patriot roster are Catherine Quarles, Taylor Rodgers, Ashlyn Yount and Abbie Spurlock. Spurlock, a solid athlete, is a transfer from Curtis Baptist.
Meanwhile, the Patriot baseball team coached by Vic Radcliffe are off to an 8-2 record. The only losses have been to arch rival W.W. King. The two teams have split four games this season. The Patriots are hoping for a deep run in the upcoming playoffs.