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Phillips & Owens Coaching Inc. Team Up Once Again To Manage Jefferson Davis Academy Softball Program

By Billy G. Baker


Blackville—Bart Owens has been a busy man at Jefferson Davis Academy this Spring taking over as the acting athletic director at the Class A SCISA school and he now finds himself as the assistant girls’ softball coach at the school.

“Right now, I have spent two hours bailing water off the softball field so we can finally get our season started on Monday against Clarendon Hall,” said Coach Owens. “We have a mixed team of young and older players. Right now, several positions are open, and the girls have been working hard to get the season started.”

The head coach of the softball team is Kelvin Phillips, a board member at the school, who also stepped in near the end of the basketball season to steer the girl’s team to the final line of the season. Coach Phillips is very familiar with one senior on the softball team for sure as his daughter Kiersten has been a five-year member of the team and she is one of three JDA pitchers to start the season. Phillips batting over .350 last season with 16 or so RBI’s and a team leading five home runs. Phillips also starts at third base when she is not in the circle.

“Kiersten is one of our senior leaders and she is among the most experienced players we have on the team,” said Coach Owens who has bene a main fixture around JDA for well over 20 years. “We are counting on her to be a good senior’s leader and help lead the team in batting and fielding this season.”

Returning senior starter Abby Seigler is a tri-captain who will bat lead-off for the Lady Raiders this season. She is a good glove in the field and runs well and can steal bases. The starting first baseman is likely sophomore Cate Polston and she returns from last year. Sophomore Madie Pritchard and sophomore Mary Margaret Fogle are vying for time at second base and both are expected to be contributors in the field an at the plate.

Sophomore Natalie Creech is a new starter at catcher after playing mainly second base all last season. Speedy junior Caroline Robinson returns to start center field and she is a strong base runner and steady hitter at the plate. Several other players competing for playing time include outfielder Alyssa Phillips who will also pitch along with senior Kirsten Knight who can play at second or in the outfield. Ashlee McClary is a newcomer freshman to the school, and she is a candidate for playing time as a catcher, third baseman or outfielder.

After an away game at Clarendon Hall on March, 9 the team hosts Andrew Jackson Academy on the 10th before hosting Patrick Henry on March, 13. They are the home team for a game with St. Johns Christian Academy on March, 17th before travelling to Holly Hill Academy on the 20th.




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