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WW King High School
Batesburg-Leesville

W.W. KING SPRING SPORTS OFF TO SLOW STARTS

By: Gerald Doolittle

Batesburg-Leesville, S.C. – Spring sports at W.W. King Academy are off to slow starts because of young teams and the usual erratic spring weather.

The Varsity Softball team coached by Allen Guy are off to a 1-1 start with a 25-8 win over Greenwood Christian and a loss to Wardlaw. Coach Guy is having to rebuild his pitching after his pitching ace, Emme Buzhardt, the last couple seasons transferred to Gray Collegiate for her sophomore year.

The 2019 team is being led by seniors Alex Mitchell and Jodie Holsonback. The two juniors are Caroline DuBose and Kaitlyn Neal. The three sophomores are Ashlyn Dowling, Addie Smith and Carlee Holsonback. The three freshmen are Laci DuBose, Madison Metts and Kerri Bradley. Rounding out the roster is Marlee McCormick (8th).

The Middle School Softball team coached by Carl and Kathy Gibson has a group of girls with great promise to send up to varsity the next couple years. This group is led by eighth graders Caylee Holsonback and Rebecca Sauls. The six seventh graders are Lexi Crapps, Addison Harmon, Mia Ortiz, Sarah Catherine Berry, Shellie Bodie and Elizabeth Gross. Rounding out the roster are sixth graders McKenzie Wannamaker and Jiliann Parrish.

The Varsity Baseball team coached by Zach Matthews is off to a 1-2 start with a win over Jefferson Davis and losses to Wardlaw and Greenwood Christian.

Coach Matthews has a 13-man roster this season. The three seniors are Wilson Parrish, Reagan Pugh and Grady Williamson. The only junior is Joe Sauls. The three sophomores are Holden Welsh, Phillip Gross and Travis Long. The three freshmen are Garrett Doolittle, Carter DuBose and Tucker Amick. Rounding out the roster are eighth graders Cooper Buzhardt, Drake Amick and Colten List.

The Middle School Baseball team is also coached by Matthews. The eighth graders are Clayton Turner, Brice Miller, Elijah Brazell and Seth Gross. The seventh graders are Jonas Amick, Pierce Kirby and Jesse Parrish. Rounding out the roster are sixth graders Ben Sauls, Kevin Crapps, Andrew List and Bryce Bedenbaugh.

The Knights compete in SCISA Region 1-A with Newberry Academy, Laurens Academy and Richard Winn Academy.

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