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Clarendon Hall softball going with youth

By Ken Buck

Staff Writer

 Summerton— The Clarendon Hall softball team, under the leadership of Head Coach Jeff Bays, went into the 2019 season with a unique blend of players, from seniors with a lot of experience down to eighth grader starters, but overall the team is young.

At press time, the team was 3-2.

Bays explained that his team fields two eighth graders, four freshmen, two juniors, and two seniors.

“We’re pretty young,” he says. “We don’t have a lot of varsity experience this season. But they are working hard and we are trying to get them experience.”

Bays said that his team’s weakest spot is on offense.

“We are not scoring the runs I would like to see,” he says. “I haven’t been happy with our bats so far.”

He added that defensively the team overall is playing well.

The key of that defense is Eighth Grade pitcher Amberly Way.

Way is the primary pitcher for the team. Bays pointed out that he has a couple other players who have taken pitching lessons to be ready in case Way was to be injured.

“They wanted to be ready just in case the situation arises,” he says. “That way someone can get up there and at least try to throw strikes.”

The two seniors - Hannah Corbett and Lauren Pifer - are the team are helping to provide leadership and solid play offensively batting around .500.

“They are have been very reliable with their bats,” says Bays. “I have definitely been really pleased with them, as well as Amberly, who is also batting around .500 as well.”

Clarendon Hall’s three wins have come against Jefferson Davis Academy by scores of 11-0, 8-1, and 8-0. The losses were to Dorchester Academy (16-2) and Colleton Prep (14-2). Like many others around the state, Clarendon Hall has seen a good number of postponements due to weather.

 

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