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Ridge Spring-Monetta High School

With 9 Starters Back Ridge Spring-Monetta Softball Expecting Big Season

By Billy Baker

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Monetta-As Joey Middlebrooks enters his third season as the head softball coach at Ridge Spring-Monetta he is hoping that his team’s strengths of speed and defense, along with 9 returning starters, can help the Lady Trojans improve on last year’s 14-13 winning season.

“With the exception of one player this group has been together on varsity starting their third season,” said Coach Middlebrooks. “We only have two seniors on the team this year and our main goal is to challenge Wagner-Salley for the region title. We have not won a region softball title in the 20 years I’ve worked at Ridge Spring Monetta and last year we won our first playoff game in around 10 years with a win over Calhoun Falls. We feel like this year’s team has great potential and the players have been working hard.”

RSM will start the season in a pre-season tournament hosted at Dixie High School starting on March 6th. RSM will play Wardlaw Academy and Dixie in the three-day event. The Lady Trojans will begin the regular season on March 9 with a road game at Williston-Elko and another road game at North is scheduled on March, 12. The team will host their first home game on March, 13 with Blackville-Hilda and Estill visits on March, 18. The first rival game with Wagener-Salley is on the road March, 20.

The softball players at RSM have now experienced two complete seasons in Coach Middlebrooks system and the Trojans return 2019 CAWS and HSSR All-state performer Mikala Middlebrooks at third base where the junior had a .953 fielding percentage and a .540 on base percentage last season. Middlebrooks also batted .500 with 21 RBI’s last year.

Two additional all-region performers return in sophomore catcher Jersey Howie who had a .521 on base percentage. As a pitcher Howie also fanned 75 batters in 100 innings of work last season while batting .421. Katelyne White, 371 with 13 RBI’s last season, is an all-region performer back for her senior season after achieving a .559 on base percentage last year.

Additional returning starters include sophomore outfielder Elizabeth Proctor who scored 26 runs last year, 8th grade first baseman Miley Coffey who had a .841 fielding percentage along with batting .304, and 8th grade second baseman Lacie Gibson who had a .878 fielding percentage. Senior right fielder Madison Wootton returns after having a .855 fielding percentage last year. Amber Daniels is a 7th grade infielder candidate with good potential.

Junior Destiny Glover returns in center field after hitting .370 with 24 RBI’s including four home runs last year while junior Haley McKinney is back in left field. Courtney Lee is a returning junior pitcher.

Coach Middlebrooks is assisted by his son Kyle.

 

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