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Ashley Ridge baseball has experience and talent to contend this spring

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Summerville – Region 8-AAAAA promises to be one of the more competitive baseball regions in the state and the Ashley Ridge Swamp Foxes are aiming to be one of the contenders for the league title.

The Swamp Foxes return solid experience on the mound and enough proven hitters to be among the league favorites this spring. Ashley Ridge expects to contend along with Summerville, Fort Dorchester and West Ashley.

Ashley Ridge opened the region schedule with a split of two games with Summerville and carried a 7-3 overall record into a region series with West Ashley on March 18.

The Swamp Foxes will be led on the mound by senior left-hander Chris Watkins, an all-state candidate with loads of experience. Watkins, a first baseman, also will be one of the team’s offensive leaders and picked up 10 hits in the first eight games of the season.

Shortstop Hayden Sturm, another good hitter in the lineup, will also be counted on for innings on the bump, along with senior James Lisi, who saw significant innings last season and posted a 7-0 regular season record. Lisi also has been a good offensive leader in the early going.

Look for junior Jacob Church and Nick Vaughn to also log innings on the mound and will be starters defensively as well.

Senior Austin Little is a third-year starter at third base and will likely be a solid hitter as well. Working behind the plate are Walker Richardson and Cooper LeTellier while junior Chandler Burn and Chase Dupree anchor the outfield.

 Sophomores Rashard Brown and Jaylen West, and junior Tyler Collins also will be key contributors.

The Ashley Ridge softball team also expects to again contend for the state championship this season. The Swamp Foxes advanced to the Lower State finals before losing to White Knoll last year. Coach Larissa Shannon returns 11 letterwinners this spring.

The top returner is senior pitcher Katie Freeman, an all-stater last season. Freeman will log most of the innings in the circle but sophomore Ally Eubanks will get plenty of work as well.

Freeman also rates as one of the team’s top offensive performers. Also expected to add pop to the lineup are Hailey PattersonTamiya WhitlockZinia HampletonDestiny BrownMaddie IngramElle Parent and Libby Carey.

The boys soccer team hopes to earn a playoff berth this spring as well. The Swamp Foxes are 3-5-1 early on, led by junior Blaise Dampier’s four early goals, including a hat trick against Hanahan early on.

Senior Lucas Lazik is another key returning leader and had a goal and two assists in the first nine games. Seniors Jimmy DavisReilly WestElliott Girone and Dylan Kubat also bring experience and leadership to the team.

Defensive leaders this spring include Clay Garrick and keeper Eric Watson, both seniors.

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