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 Bright future ahead for Marion softball

By C.R. Cumbee

Staff Writer

Marion—Sometimes the standings don’t always tell the entire picture. After finishing fifth in a tough region, the Marion softball team advanced to the District 6 championship game, falling to Batesburg-Leesville. However, the Swamp Foxes eliminated No. 1-seed Woodland during the playoffs.

“(The season) went pretty good considering what we had to start the season with. I lost eight players from last year – seniors, some not returning, some quit, some with injuries. I had a lot of first-year players on the team, but it was pretty good. We have a lot of room to improve so I think we’ll be good down the road,” head coach Rodney Spivey said.

With the season concluded, Marion will lose a pair of senior starters in left fielder Kierra Crowner and first baseman Madison Todd.

“Kierra has speed in the outfield and a good arm. She’s fast and aggressive on the bases. Madison is a power hitter and batted over .500 so that wasn’t bad,” Spivey said.

Still, the Swamp Foxes will return plenty of talent next spring. Eighth-grade pitcher Carson Cribb is one player to watch for in the future after playing at a very high level as a first-year varsity candidate.

“We had a full team last year and I didn’t have room for her. She got better and came back this year and, up until the playoffs, had the highest batting average on the team. She threw against some of the toughest teams out there and she was eager to learn,” Spivey said.

Other starters back in 2018 include third baseman Martecia Godbolt, centerfielder Katelyn Lawrimore and right fielder Riley Evans – all juniors. Catcher Megan Elliott, shortstop Logan Harrelson, second baseman Kaylen Hood and pitcher/second baseman Macy Waugh saw lots of action this year as freshmen.

“That experience is big. A lot of them will be playing rec ball or travel ball this summer. We were real close to being an outstanding team. With a little more experience and hard work, we can be there. We just made a few bonehead mistakes being young, but we corrected it. It’s only a matter of time before everything clicks,” Spivey said.

The Marion track teams recently wrapped up the regular season after competing at the Region 7-AA meet, and several athletes finished in the top four of the standings to earn a berth in the Lower State finals. The girls’ team was fourth with 56 points while the boys were fifth overall with 35 points.

Senior Faith Oglesby was runner-up in the long jump with a mark of 15-feet, 2-inches, and Amoni Malloy was third in the 100-meter dash. Jasmine Mullins moved forward with a second-place finish in the 400-meter hurdles and a fourth-place result in the 100-meter hurdles.

Senior Artavis Evans was the only conference champion in the group, taking top honors in the long jump with a distance of 21-feet, 9-inches. Tysheem Felton also qualified by placing fourth in the 110-meter hurdles.

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