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St. John’s Christian softball earns state playoff tournament bid

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Moncks Corner – Back when the 2017 season started, St. John’s Christian Academy softball coach John Ellis felt his young softball team had a great chance to make the class A state playoffs this season.

Ellis’ early thoughts about his team proved to be correct as the Cavaliers learned on May 10th that they would be a part of the state tournament, which takes place on May 12-13 in Lexington.

 St. John’s earned a playoff spot as an at-large team after finishing behind Dorchester Academy and Holly Hill Academy in the region standings. The Cavaliers will open the state tournament on May 12th against Wardlaw Academy at 5:30 p.m.

There have been solid contributions from a host of players this season, led by junior first baseman Claire Gilmore. Gilmore is making a strong pitch for all-state honors this season. She enters the playoffs with a team-leading .541 batting average and has 20 RBI’s. She also has belted four homeruns and nine doubles, along with 27 runs scored and 22 stolen bases.

“She’s the leader for us,” Ellis said earlier this season. “She’s been playing a long time here and she’s very confident at the plate.”

Junior Morgan Ellis, a pitcher and third baseman, is hitting .422 with 19 RBI’s and 14 runs scored.

One of the team’s two seniors, catcher Brett Baty, is hitting .371 this season and has 13 RBI’s.

The other senior, Cheyenne Oliver, is hitting .324 with nine RBI’s.

“Both are great leaders,” Ellis says.

Junior Hope Glover, the starting shortstop, is hitting .324 with 26 runs scored and 19 stolen bases. Junior Sarah Mitchum, the starter at second base, is hitting .306 with nine RBI’s. Natalie Shuler is hitting .279 with 10 RBI’s. Eighth-grader McKenzie Ellis is hitting .308.

Freshman Hannah Robertson is contributing as a pitcher and outfielder. Madi Hourihan, Lexi Perry and Nikkie Clarke have contributed as well off the bench.

St. John’s battled well in a competitive region, which included Dorchester Academy and Holly Hill Academy. The Cavaliers managed a win over Holly Hill Academy in two tries but was swept by region champion Dorchester Academy.

 

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