DILLON CHRISTIAN GOLF HEADED TO STATE TOURNEY
By: Gerald Doolittle
Dillon, S.C. -The future for the Golf program at Dillon Christian School looks promising. Coach Chris Rice has his young team heading to the State Tournament later this month. The Warrior team is an up and coming young team with six solid players and two new kids with potential.
“We just finished our region regular season and came in second to Trinity-Byrnes,” said Coach Rice. “Also, for the second straight year we have made it to the state tournament. Our overall team average after five matches is 178.”
The leading scorer for the Warrior team is Hunter McDuffie with a 42 average score. Following close behind are Ryan Stephens, Ross Carlyle, Connor Collins, Mason Bailey and Sheridan Rice. Rounding out the squad roster are Ian and Eli Bethea.
“We are a very young but talented team,” continued Coach Rice. “We have several good years to look forward to.”
The Warriors compete in SCISA Region 3-AA against Christian Academy, Marlboro Academy, Pee Dee Academy, The King’s Academy and Trinity-Byrnes Collegiate.
SOFTBALL REVIVAL ON TRACK AT DILLON CHRISTIAN
By: Gerald Doolittle
Dillon, S.C. -The Dillon Christian School Lady Warriors of Coach Dee Conn are playing with great heart as they are on a mission to revive the softball program at the school. After putting the program on hiatus in 2016 Coach Conn has coached her 2017 team to a 6-1-1 start.
“We have been playing well some days and not so well on others,” said Coach Conn. “We lost to a really good Pee Dee Academy team 12-1. Our bats were cold and we made way too many errors. We have not played Marlboro Academy, the strongest team in our region. They have solid pitching and their players hit the ball well. On the positive side, we have improved since the Pee Dee game in that our bats are coming around and we have since shored up our defense. Our pitchers have worked hard and are getting stronger every day. Hopefully, we can continue to improve and maybe make the playoffs.”
Leading the Lady Warriors with the bat is Caitie Eggert with a .600 batting average that includes 6 hits, 4 runs and 4 RBI. The Power hitter has been Janie Altman with a .556 batting average that has produced 9 RBI and 2 home runs and a slugging percentage of 1.167.
Shayla Hunt has been another heavy hitter with a .480 batting average producing 9 runs, 8 RBIs. On the base path has 5 stolen bases. August Smith has a .476 batting average and 5 RBIs. She also has 5 stolen bases.
Anna Mercer has a .440 batting average that includes 8 hits of which 4 were doubles. Lindsay Branch has a .400 average for 8 hits, 4 runs and 9 RBIs. Samantha Carpenter has contributed a .214 batting average.
Hunt leads the pitching with a 1.07 ERA and 16 strike outs. Leah Stephens follows with a 3.07 ERA and 7 strikeouts. Branch has a 5.02 ERA.
The Lady Warriors hope they continue to improve and be competitive enough to win a playoff spot from SCISA Region 3-AA that includes Christian Academy, Marlboro Academy, Pee Dee Academy, The King’s and Trinity-Byrnes Collegiate.