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Thomas Heyward High School
Ridgeland

Thomas Heyward softball looking for big things in 2019

 

 By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Ridgeland – Not so long ago, the Thomas Heyward Academy softball program was one of the top AA programs in SCISA.

Things slipped just a little last season as the Rebels finished 12-14 overall and lost two of three games in the state tournament.

However, the 2019 team appears poised to make a deeper run in the postseason. The Rebels are off to a 4-1 start this spring, scoring 62 runs in their first five games. Coach Trish Bryan has some veteran leadership to guide some of the younger talent in the program.

Senior Danielle Dudley is returning as the top pitcher and is also one of the top offensive threats in the lineup. Dudley hit .344 last year but is off to a .500 start in her senior season.

The top returning offensive player is senior shortstop Ivy Bryan. As one of the best hitters in school history, Bryan hit .435 with 30 hits last season. She had eight doubles and two homeruns to go with 19 RBI.

This season, Bryan is hitting .688 with 11 hits, three homers and nine RBI in the first five games.

Joining Bryan in the middle defensively is senior second baseman Bailey Brown, who is hitting .286 early and is a top notch defender.

Working the corners defensively are freshmen Gracie Wade and Keleigh Bowers. Wade is hitting .538 early while Bowers is hitting .533. Wade also is the team’s second pitcher.

Freshman Abigail Hayes is the returning starter behind the plate.

The lone returner in the outfield is senior Jana Christian, who is hitting .400 early. Junior Karleigh Edmonson is playing in the outfield as well, hitting .538 with four RBI early. Junior Olivia Pace and sophomore Abby Bennett also work as outfielders.

Rounding out the roster and providing depth where needed are sophomore Amelia Bonds, junior Olivia Oppie and junior Kelsey Pagnini.

Thomas Heyward earned three early wins against AAAA public school Beaufort, as well as a win over Beaufort Academy. The Rebels play Calhoun Academy on March 22 and have a return matchup with Beaufort Academy on March 26th.

Dorchester Academy, a state power in Class A, will be the opponent on March 28 with a rematch with Calhoun on April 3.

Thomas Heyward will play region foe John Paul II on April 9th and April 23rd. They take on Jefferson Davis on April 26th and May 7th. They will play a non-region game against Battery Creek on April 10 and face Clarendon Hall on May 3rd.

 

 

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