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WARDLAW BASEBALL/SOFTBALL COMPLETE SEASONS

By: Gerald Doolittle

Johnston, S.C. -The Wardlaw Academy Baseball and Softball teams recently completed their seasons with deep runs in the SCISA Class A playoffs.

The Lady Patriots of Coach Mark Rodgers completed a 15-8 season on the way to another trip to the Championship series to face the defending Champions from Dorchester Academy.  Like 2017 the Lady Patriots dropped the title series and finished as SCISA Class A runners-up.

The Lady Patriots offense was again sparked by the pitching and hitting of college bound Savannah Rodgers (sr).   Rodgers had a batting average of .424 that included 28 hits, 13 RBIs and 20 runs scored.  She was the iron arm on the mound pitching 108.2 innings with a 1.42 earned run average.   She won 15 games and recorded 170 strikeouts.

Gracie Kervin (fr) was an offensive weapon with her .360 batting average that included 18 hits, 13 RBIs and 19 runs scored.  Davis Wash (jr) came in with a .304 batting average with 21 hits, 8 RBIs and 23 runs.  Abbie Spurlock (sr) ended with a .308 batting average with 16 hits, 10 RBIs and 16 runs.

Taylor Rodgers (so) finished with a .286 batting average with 14 hits, 9 RBIs and 17 runs.  Ashland Yonce (8th) had a .275 batting average with 14 hits, 14 RBIs and 12 runs.  Anna  Lee Rodgers (jr) finished with a .269 average with 14 hits, 14 RBIs and 13 runs.   Elisabeth Ruth (jr) batted .263 with 15 hits, 13 RBIs and 13 runs and Catherine Quarles (jr) had an average of .257 with 18 hits, 10 RBIs and 18 runs.

Rounding out the Lady Patriots roster were Anna Grace Spurlock (so), Taylor Cockrell (so), Lexi Quarles (jr) and Sidney Williams (so).

The Patriot baseball team coached by Vic Radcliff made it to the SCISA Class A semi-final round where they fell to the Dorchester Academy Raiders who went on to claim the title over Holly Hill Academy.

Britt Gossett (sr) led the offense with a .405 average with 17 hits, 17 RBIs, 16 runs and 6 stolen bases.  Caleb Kemp (sr) finished with a .379 average with 25 hits, 17 RBIs, 19 runs and 4 stolen bases.  Bailey Goldman (jr) finished with a .375 average with 24 hits, 23 RBIs and 16 runs.   Reid Gossett finished with a .364 average with 20 hits, 16 RBIs, 22 runs and 5 stolen bases.  Chandler Johnson (jr) finished with a .352 average with 19 hits, 7 RBIs, 12 runs and 6 stolen bases.

Morgan Burgess (sr) finished with a .288 average with 17 hits, 9 RBIs, 22 runs and 12 stolen bases.  Zac Berry (jr) finished with a .255 average with 14 hits, 11 RBIs and 16 runs.  Hampton Cumbee (jr) finished with a .238 average with 10 hits, 6 RBIs and 7 runs.

Johnson led the pitching with an ERA of 2.00 and 48 strikeouts good for 5 wins.   Goldman came in with an ERA of 2.33 with 11 strikeouts and 2 wins.  Berry finished with an ERA of 3.40 with 15 strikeouts and Chase Miller (jr) finished with a 3.60 ERA with 22 strikeouts.

Rounding out the Patriot roster were Bryson Tiller (fr), Jay Black (jr), Hunter Temples (fr), Sam Godbee (fr), William Pruett (8th) and Peyton Lilly (fr).

 

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