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Spring sports wrapping up at Marlboro County

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Bennettsville – The spring sports season at Marlboro County for 2017 has officially wrapped up and the focus at the school turns to football.

Marlboro County is currently going through spring football drills with head coach Dean Boyd and his staff taking a look at the prospective 2017 Bulldogs.

The spring season had mixed results with several teams continuing to develop. The baseball team again was the most successful group of the spring as coach Phillip Blue has his program competing on a consistent level.

The 2017 Bulldogs began the season with far less experience overall than Blue’s recent teams. The program produced three consecutive .500 or better seasons heading into this season, with a 14-win season in 2016.

Expectations were a little lower this spring due to inexperience but the Bulldogs had a season of gradual progress. The end results this spring was a solid 12-16 record, which included five losses by one run. The Bulldogs competed well against a good schedule of non-region and region games.

Marlboro County qualified for the lower state AAAA district playoffs. The Bulldogs opened the playoffs at Lugoff-Elgin, losing the opener 3-1. In an elimination game, the Bulldogs beat Lower Richland, 10-2, to advance to another elimination game against Lugoff-Elgin. The season ended with a 7-0 loss.

The ace of the pitching staff this spring was senior Zach Norton, who ended up earning first-team all-region honors. Another pitcher, sophomore Devin Hardee, was a second-team all-region selection and will be the team’s ace next spring.

Offensively, senior shortstop Brix Cribb had his best varsity season of his career. Cribb batted .429 with 30 hits, 20 runs scored and 11 RBI in 2017. Cribb teamed with senior second baseman Clint English to form a solid middle defense. English finished the season with a .270 batting average and 14 runs scored.

Outfielder Iyon Williams batted .277 with 10 runs scored this spring while Jett Herndon, who filled several roles defensively, finished with a .283 batting average and 19 runs scored.

Senior outfielder Logan Quick batted .266 with 18 RBI’s and sophomore Peyton Herndon batted .282 with 19 RBI’s.

Golf team competes in Lower State qualifier

The Marlboro County boys’ golf team earned the opportunity to compete in the Class AAAA Lower State qualifier on May 8th. The Bulldogs finished the 18-hole qualifier with a team score of 391, falling short of earning a spot in the AAAA state finals.

Beau Connor was the team’s top scorer, posting a round of 89. Michael Sanders was the second scorer for the Bulldogs with a round of 95. Adam Oden shot 101 and Nathan Johnson posted a score of 106. Rounding out the contingent of Bulldogs was Jacob Evers, who shot 110.

Track team competes in region meet

Marlboro County’s track and field teams competed in the region 7-AAAA meet with the team producing one individual region champion.

Senior Kashara Maggette won the region title in the discus and also placed third in the shot put. Those performances earned her a spot in the Class AAAA lower state qualifying meet. She came up short of advancing to the state finals after finishing 17th at the lower state meet in the discus.

Sophomore Kanesha Maggette also competed in the region meet in the shot and discus, finishing eighth overall in both events.

Junior Amara Lightfoot finished fifth in the 400-meter dash while Daisha York was fifth in the 400-meter hurdles and 12th in the 800-meter dash.

Laqueastia Bridges placed eighth in the 200-meter dash, Freshman Tatiana Quick was seventh in the 200 and ninth in the 100 while freshman Adasia Sellers was 12th in the 200 and 14th in the 100.

 On the boys’ team, Samaj Garner was fourth in the long jump while Tyrese Quick finished seventh. Theo Bostic was fifth in the 400-meter dash and Robert McNair finished sixth in the 100-meter dash. Tramont Miles competed in the 800-meter run, finishing ninth overall.

 

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