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 Latta teams hoping for state titles

By Ken Buck

Staff Writer

Latta— The Latta High softball and baseball teams are still deep in the Class AA playoffs at press time, hoping to continue the state title runs that both teams have seen of late.

The softball Lady Vikings, went into the post season hoping to defend their state title from last season. They began the post season by winning District VI by an astounding total of 34-0 over three games.

Moving into the lower state finals, the Lady Vikings fell to Barnwell 6-2 in the first game, then eliminated Johnsonville 6-1. Latta was scheduled to take on Barnwell in an elimination game at press time.

The Vikings baseball team won their sixth straight lower state title and will move on to the state finals to face Chesnee.

The baseball team won District VI handedly, then took the lower state title with wins over Barnwell and Academic Magnet.

Softball Head Coach Stephanie Ard said that her team had been working on team chemistry much of the season

“We are playing really well and we are playing together, she said earlier in the Spring. “I think we are getting our team chemistry right.”

Senior short stop Madison Owens – a University of South Carolina signee – has been a key player for the Lady Vikings, and is the leader of the team, Ard said.

“She wants to do whatever it takes to win and she’s a really hard worker,” Ard says.

Junior Kaleigh Caulder helps to hold down the outfield.

“She has found her niche at the bat,” Ard explains.

Arica Gandy is the team’s pitcher and the leader on the mound.

“She began to finall find her spots and moved the ball around really well,” Ard said in March.

Ard also said that her team is playing well defensively and getting key stops.

“They play really well behind (Gandy),” she says.



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