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St. John's Christian High School
Moncks Corner

Young team makes for bright future at SJCA

 

By Rob Gantt

Special to the HSSR

 

MONCKS CORNER - The St. John’s Christian softball team is taking to the diamond this spring with quite a young squad.

The Lady Cavaliers start just one senior in the field, first baseman Sarah Mitchum. The two pitchers, Charity Dennis and Hannah Roberson, are juniors and the rest of the starting crew is in their sophomore year or below.

 “We lost a couple older players before the season so we’re starting a lot of young girls,” SJCA coach Roger Dennis said. “We were going to be really good and make a run at the region.”

The Lady Cavs might not be on the level of region frontrunners Dorchester Academy and Colleton Prep this season but are playing hard and listening to their coaching, Dennis said.

He points to a recent game on March 21.

St. John’s Christian trailed 8-1 before rallying for an improbable, 10-9 victory against Clarendon Hall. Freshman second baseman Kaitlyn Ware knocked in the last three runs as part of a six-run uprising to highlight a comeback.

“They’re very coachable,” Dennis said. “We’ve got a good group of girls. We’re very pleased. (Ware) used the mechanics she’d been taught and made contact with a level swing and came up with a big hit for us.”

Sarah Mitchum led the way at the plate, going 3 for 3 with two RBIs. Beth Mitchum, a freshman third baseman, added two hits and a RBI. Dennis and sophomore catcher McKenzie Ellis also knocked in runs in the win.

Roberson threw two innings of relief, allowing one hit, to earn the pitching victory.

More starters are eighth-grade shortstop Emma Roberson, freshman outfielders Hope Dennis and Mary Davis and sophomore outfielder Lexi Perry. Eighth grader Allison Blakeley and freshman Demaris Crawford

Another win for the Lady Cavs this season was on March 9 against Northwood Academy.

Emma Roberson and Charity Dennis knocked in two runs each and combined for five hits. Hannah Roberson gave up three earned runs and four hits in the win. She struck out four batters.

Coach Dennis is assisted by John Ellis and David Roberson.

“We definitely have something to look forward to in the future,” Dennis said.

 

 

 

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