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Bamberg-Ehrhardt High School

Red Raiders softball rebuilding in 2019

By C.R. Cumbee

Staff Writer

Bamberg—The Bamberg-Ehrhardt softball team has been very competitive in recent seasons, but they are in more of a rebuilding phase in 2019 after having to replace the majority of its lineup due to graduation.

The Red Raiders are a junior-laden group, but most of those players don’t have much experience. The team has gotten off to a 6-4 start with its first conference game against Allendale-Fairfax looming.

 “They’re doing pretty good, they really are. It’s just a lot different than practice. It’s getting out there and learning game speed and getting game reps,” head coach Robert Williams said. “All of them are doing good, but they all have things they can get better at.”

Freshman Amanda Ahlin is the veteran on the team and will see action at pitcher and third base after starting at shortstop a season ago. Splitting time with her inside the circle is freshman pitcher Riley Johnson.

“I think they’re doing great. Amanda has been very consistent. She hasn’t issued a lot of walks and has been making them put the ball in play. Riley probably throws the ball a little harder and gets a few more strikeouts,” Williams said.

Junior Carlee Morris moves behind the plate after playing first base in 2018, with Ellie Maxwell and Joanna Wallen vying to fill the void Morris left on the infield.

Maggie Harper is at second base, Elaney Sanders is at shortstop, and Kalyn Etheridge is at third base. Etheridge will play centerfield if Johnson pitches. Other outfielders include juniors Brayden Brabham, Zorria Hayes and Ovi Smith.

Bamberg-Ehrhardt is in a tough region and will have to contend with the likes of Woodland, Whale Branch and Barnwell. They will need to be more consistent at the plate against those teams if they hope to contend for a title.

“We’ve hit the ball well at times. The other night we scored 18 runs against Wade Hampton, but the night before against Edisto we scored no runs. Against Edisto, we had runners in scoring position in the first five innings and never got a hit in that situation. We’re just inconsistent. They haven’t been in that situation and hopefully that will improve by the middle of the season,” Williams said.

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