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Hanahan High School

Hawkettes’ seniors leading the way

 

By Rob Gantt

Special to the HSSR

 

HANAHAN – Eight Hanahan High School senior softball players have put themselves in positions to end their careers on top.

The Hawkettes advanced to the Lower State championship game on Friday, May 11 against Battery Creek, with a spot in the Class AAA state championship series on the line. They are the defending champs of the classification.

Six of the eight 12th-graders are set to play on the college level.

“Their heads are really good right now,” HHS coach Katrina Moffett said. “When you have girls going on to play college softball, there is great maturity in that group. A lot of them have been on varsity for four years. They have a lot of experience. It gives us a lot of confidence.”

Lefty pitcher Drayton Siegling (C of C) is over .500 at the plate and has dominated lineups from inside the circle. The all-state pick has not allowed a run in the playoffs, most recently blanking Gilbert 9-0 and Aynor 4-0.

“She has some wicked movement,” Moffett said. “She works hard to perfect all her pitches.”

SS Ashley Meckley (Coker) and C Jordan Fabian (USC) are also all-state picks for the Hawkettes. Meckley is around .500 at the plate and nifty with the glove in the field. She leads the team in runs scored.

“She’s been on varsity for five years and her defense is unbelievable,” Moffett said. “Some of the plays she makes I’m in awe of.”

Fabian is well over .500 at the dish and leads in home runs and RBIs.

“She’s been awesome behind the plate,” Moffett said. “You can depend on her in any situation: block the ball, throw somebody out or pick somebody off.”

Rachel Shelley is headed to Spartanburg Methodist after college. Shelley, who started at second base last season and the outfield this year, is batting over .400 with 25 RBIs.

"She does what is best for the team," Moffett said. "She has worked hard and it's always good to have somebody that can play multiple positions."

Infielder/pitcher Kaitlynn Farmer (Brevard) and outfielder Alli Harless (USC Beaufort) have been key contributors to Hanahan’s success too. Farmer is the team’s second pitcher.

“It’s good for our program to see these girls put in the extra work and effort and do what it takes to get to the next level,” Moffett said. “It’s good for the younger girls to see that kind of leadership within the program.”

Two more seniors who haven’t finalized plans to play in college but are anchors on the dirt are first baseman Madeline Ferris and third baseman Emily Elmore.

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