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Marlboro Academy softball playing well

By Ken Buck

Staff Writer

Bennettsville—The Marlboro Academy softball team is riding high heading into the post season with a 28-4 record.

This weekend, the Lady Dragons will be participating in the state round robin tournament in Sumter to determine state seeding. Currently Marlboro Academy is sitting in a number one seed. The state championship series will begin next week.

Sophomore Jenna Greene is the team’s pitcher and was just named the Region Player of the Year. She is among the state’s leaders in strikeouts and her earned run average is .54.

Overall though the team is relatively young with four seniors and good depth on the bench.

Freshman Regan Lyles is also pitching and playing third base, and was named All-Region recently. “She playing outstanding defense,” Head Coach Boyd McLaurin says. Fellow freshmen Laney McLaurin also was named All-Region.

With such a strong freshmen group, Marlboro Academy is looking to be very strong for three year.

“We are really excited about softball,” says Athletic Director Keith McKenzie. “We will know more about our team after this weekend in terms of how seedings go.”

He added that everyone in Sumter will make next week’s playoffs but the tournament will determine the placement of all teams.

Even with the young team McLaurin sees a team that is playing like a seasoned squad.

“They have matured a lot from last year,” he says. “We talked about it early in the season that you have to have grit and you have to have heart to finish the game. Last year we would get to where we should finish and we would fall off. This year it looks like the team has plenty of grit.”

McLaurin points out further that the team has come from behind is five games this season in the last inning to pick up victories.

“They have shown a lot of heart and a lot of grit, being able to battle back and win tight games and also finish teams off early in games,” he adds.

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