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Johnsonville High School

Johnsonville Lady Flashes ready to take the next step

By Neill Kirkpatrick

Special to the HSSR

Goose Creek – The 2018 Johnsonville Lady Flashes had an outstanding year going 18-6/9-3, winning the District VII title before falling to region rival and eventual AA state champion Andrews in the lower state championship bracket and with several key players returning their goal is to get to the state championship finals series this season.

“Since we are returning some key players and adding a few good under-classmen to the roster, our goal is to make it back to the lower state tournament and into the championship game,” said head coach Kaitlin Erikson. “We have gotten off to good start despite struggling at the plate in a few games. Defensively we have been solid, but our youth has been an issue at times.”

 The Lady Flashes have gotten off to a 7-2 start, but more importantly they are off to a 4-1 start in region VII play.

“At the beginning of the season our goal was to come out strong and win the region. We split with Andrews 1-1 last week and have beaten Latta once this week, so we have started our region play off with tough competition but are 4-1 in the region,” said coach Erikson. 

Seniors Maelyn Thompson and Kirby Blakely are back after solid junior years and coach Erikson says they are the best leaders to have on our field. Thompson is off to a blistering start at the plate hitting at a .667 clip with four doubles and three homers which all lead the team. She has scored a team leading 12 runs and is second in RBI’s with 8.

Blakley leads the team with 9 RBI’s and is tied with Thompson for the team lead in doubles with four. She handles the pitchers as well.

Three sophomores are also hitting over .300 led by first basemen Olivia Powell’s .348 average and her two dingers. Outfielders Sophie Thompson and Kaylyn Hucks are hitting .333.

In the circle for the Lady Flashes are juniors Meghan Dennis and Jada Cox. Dennis is the main starter for coach Erikson. Their contrasting styles keep teams off balance. Cox also sees time at second base.

Emily Eaddy is the team’s third senior and plays in the outfield. She is off to a slow start after hitting .375 as a junior.

The rest of the Lady Flashes are sophomore’s catcher Kinley Sutton, third basemen Cece Lamb and outfielder Laney Evans. Lamb has been outstanding in the field and has yet to make an error at the hot corner.

“At the beginning of the season our goal was to come out strong and win the region. We split with Andrews 1-1 last week and have beaten Latta once this week, so we have started our region play off with tough competition but are 4-1 in the region. 

 

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