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Ashley Ridge softball reaches lower state final four


By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Summerville – Focused and determined, the Ashley Ridge softball team is making a run at the AAAAA state championship in 2017.

Ashley Ridge won the region 7-AAAAA championship with an undefeated record and has won a district championship as well. As of May 6th, the Swamp Foxes were in contention for the lower state championship, having reached the four-team double elimination bracket. This season marks the first time that Ashley Ridge softball has reached the lower state bracket.

Ashley Ridge opened the lower state bracket play with a 6-1 win over Wando on May 6th, improving to 20-2 on the season. Head coach Larissa Shannon says her team looks to peak at the right moment.

“Best game of our playoffs so far,” Shannon said after the win over Wando. “Pitching, defense, hitting, it was all there tonight. That’s good to see going forward.

“At this point in the season, we are not worried about who we play. “We don’t look to see who is in the other dugout. It’s about us and how we play.”

Senior pitcher Camryn Alverson continues to be a strong leader, along with senior shortstop Valerie Frank. Sophomore Katie Freeman also is strong in the circle, giving Ashley Ridge a more than capable one-two pitching punch.

Ashley Ridge is in the lower state final four with White Knoll, Wando and Conway. The state championship series, a best-of-three format against the upper state champion, will begin on May 15th.

The baseball team also qualified for the AAAAA district playoffs, picking up one victory before losing twice in the district double-elimination tournament. The Swamp Foxes finished 13-14 under first-year head coach Brian Givens.

Two players were recently selected to the play in the SC select games later in May. Pitcher Josh Church and shortstop Kyle Watkins will play in the games while senior pitcher DeOndre Smith will play in the North-South all-star games.

Church was a workhorse this season for the Swamp Foxes. He led the team with 49 innings pitched, posting a 5-2 record with a 1.62 earned run average. He also batted .474 with 17 RBI’s.

Watkins missed a large portion of the season with a hand injury but did bat .448 in 10 games. Sophomore infielder Chase Bruno led the team in hitting with a .540 average, picking up 27 hits and driving in 12 runs.

Outfielder Tobias Jordan batted .429 with 23 runs sccored and 14 RBI’s while Chandler Burn hit .317 with 14 RBI’s.

 Smith finished with a 2-4 pitching record with a 2.49 earned run average. Freshman Doyle Gehring was 4-2 on the mound with a 2.17 earned run average.





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