Red Raider softball team playing well at AA level
By C.R. Cumbee
Bamberg—The Bamberg-Ehrhardt softball team came on strong a year ago, winning a region championship before advancing to the district title game in the Class A playoffs.
This spring, the Red Raiders moved up a classification but have still seen plenty of success. The team is currently 6-3 overall and 5-2 in conference play.
“The expectations were high, but the competition is also a little bit better than it was last year, moving back up to 2A. I think it makes them play better and gets a little more out of them,” head coach Robert Williams said. “Our last couple of games is probably the best we’ve played all year. We beat Batesburg-Leesville, which was a big win, and we’ll have them again after spring break. That will probably be for second in the region.”
Bamberg-Ehrhardt only has two seniors on the 11-player roster, but both catcher Anna Brabham and first baseman Alexus Jennings have led the offensive attack by hitting over .400 this season.
Sophomore Payton Osborne has earned the nod inside the circle and has shown great control with her pitches.
“She’s been pretty consistent every day and hasn’t walked a lot of people. When we don’t walk people, we have a chance to be very competitive,” Williams said.
Savannah Williams had started at second base before going down with a season-ending injury, forcing Belle Crosby to move in from right field. Eighth-grader Muriel Jowers, who is the backup pitcher, took over for Crosby in the outfield.
The youngest player in the starting lineup is seventh-grade shortstop Amanda Ahlin, who has taken on the responsibilities of the position at a very young age.
“She’s been through our (recreation) program and she’s one of those kids you see play and you can’t wait for them to get to you. She’s our leadoff hitter and she knows how to get on base,” Williams said.
Other starters include junior third baseman Kaitlyn Crosby and freshmen outfielders Carlee Morris and Kalyn Etheridge. Sophomore Kateria Brabham is the designated player.
Bamberg-Ehrhardt will face Barnwell, Allendale-Fairfax and Edisto before heading to Myrtle Beach to compete in a tournament over spring break.