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 Young Williamsburg Academy Softball Team Starts Season Off With Win Over St. Johns Christian,

Baseball Team Get Season Opening Win Over Robert E. Lee

By Billy G. Baker

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KingstreeWalt Fulton begins his 7th season as the head softball coach at Williamsburg Academy and over this period the Lady Stallions have won five region titles and two state titles but with only two returning starters from last year back, Coach Fulton said his team is as young as they have been in a while.

“We participated in two pre-season tournaments the Pee Dee Pitch-Off and a pre-season event hosted by Carvers Bay and we found out we need improvement in every phase of the game,” said Coach Fulton who has a tendency to say what he means and he means what he says. “We have a team loaded with a bunch of 8th and 9th graders and they are working hard every day to get better.”

Due to wet weather the team has only played one regular season game to date and that resulted in a 4-2 win over St. Johns Christian Academy. “We only have one developed pitcher with experience and Nealy Lamb got the win over St. Johns Christian and she allowed no earned runs and struck-out around 7 batters,” said Coach Fulton. “Behind Lamb we have not found a number two pitcher so we hope she can stay healthy and avoid injury. Nealy is a dedicated summer ball player and she has a bright future in our program.”

The key hitters against St. Johns Christian were freshman catcher Billie Easler who had a triple and two RBI’s. Sophomore third baseman Kylee Sholar had two hits including a double and Lamb helped her own cause with two hits and one RBI.

The lead-off batter for the Lady Stallions is senior Lizzy Williams a returner from last year’s team. Last season Williams batted around .450 with 18 RBI’s. “We do not name captains, but Lizzy is a big senior leader who helps give direction and advice to all the younger players we have on our team this year,” said Coach Fulton. “She is an excellent shortstop who makes the routine plays. Her senior leadership is vital right now with so many developing younger players.”

Lamb bats in the two slot and if she is ever not pitching, she could play shortstop. Easler is batting third and she can hit for power. Batting clean-up and playing in center field is veteran senior returner Peyton Strickland. “Peyton was out with a leg injury last year and she is a good all-around player for us,” said Coach Fulton. “She has a lot of desire and works very hard. She’s another good senior leader who is always giving direction to our younger players. Sher is batting around .500 after our first game.”

Junior Hannah Miles is holding down first base and batting in the five hole. She was on the varsity a year ago when she batted .350 with around 12 RBI’s. Freshman Mary Hannah Morris is starting at second for the Lady Stallions. “Mary Hannah worked hard over the summer and we expect big things from her this season,” said Coach Fulton.

Sholar is batting in the 8th position and she is a sophomore third baseman. The 9th spot in the batting order is claimed by freshman Josie Feagin and she is a freshman left fielder. Some key reserves on the 12-person roster include freshman utility performer Carmayla Jacobs, freshman utility player Allie McFadden, freshman first baseman Hayden Williams and junior outfielder Summer Vause.

“Right now, our main goal is to get better with each practice because we need help in every phase of the game right now,” said Coach Fulton. “The strength of our team is pitching as along as our one main (Lamb) pitcher does not get hurt.”

The team’s next game will be on Thursday March 12 at home against AAA Wilson Hall. Then on Friday the Lady Stallions travel to Calhoun Academy for their third game of the season.

Coach Fulton is assisted by Neal Lamb, Patrick Wildes and Brent Morris.

 

Williamsburg Academy Baseball Team Wins Season Opener

Tyler Boyd’s varsity baseball team got the season off to a positive start with a 4-2 win over Robert E. Lee, the defending Class AA baseball champions in South Carolina in late February. Watch for a feature story on the boy’s team next issue.

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