Marlboro Academy softball playing well
By Ken Buck
Bennettsville—The Marlboro Academy softball team is already showing that they might well indeed be heading to another state championship for the Pee Dee area school, going into April with a 21-2 record overall.
Head Coach Boyd McLaurin and his team recently had a somewhat surprising loss to Lawerence Manning.
“Not to make excuses, but we didn’t have the ball well against them,” says McLaurin, adding that his team had not been able to practice in six days leading up the game.
Despite the loss, overall McLaurin has liked what he has seen in this team.
“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.
Jenna Greene is the team’s pitcher and is leading the state in strike outs and is a dominant pitcher, says McLaurin.
Regan Lyles is also pitching and playing third base. “She playing outstanding defense,” McLaurin says.
Offensively Marlboro County has Lindsey Hunter, Laney McLaurin, and Haven Birchfield all playing well.
Defensively, McLaurin said that his team needs to continue to work hard.
“I’ve been fortunate to have two state championship teams and both were better teams defensively,” he says. “But we have been able to outslug people at the plate. This team can hit from top to bottom.”
Marlboro Academy has played in three tournaments thus far this season, and the regular season still has a ways to go before the playoffs.