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Wolverines ready for visit from top tanked Barnwell

By Neill Kirkpatrick

Staff Writer

Goose Creek – Woodland moved over to region V from region VI where they left a region that has state power Academic Magnet for a region with two state powers in Bamberg-Ehrhardt and Barnwell and with a young team the Wolverines may take their lumps early but once they learn how to play at the varsity level head coach Keith Lowman likes his young talent.

“We have a young team with only 3 returning starters from last year’s team.  Learning how to practice and how to play the game have been a major focus for this season as we are full of freshman and sophomores this year,” said coach Lowman.

Fortunately, the Wolverines do return three senior starters from last season’s team in outfielder Taurean Singletary, third basemen Deleon Nelson and outfielder Jared Pilch. Singletary and Pilch will also see time on the mound.

Sophomore Zach Barfield is back at first base and he will also be part of coach Lowman’s starting rotation.

The rest of the starting line-up are catchers senior Gunner Pendarvis and freshmen Toby Troutman. Up the middle is shortstop Dalton Pendarvis and second basemen Garret Greer while freshmen Landon Messex and Jake Herndon will see time in the outfield as well as in a relief pitching roll.

Sophomores Zander Elliott and John Garrick will also see time on the bump in a relief roll.

Rounding out the Wolverines squad are juniors Kameron Ayers and Karon Ferral and sophomore Connor Bohanon. They all play in the outfield

 “When we play clean baseball, we can and will compete with anyone.  Finding where guys fit in and can find success will determine how we compete in the region.  These guys bring energy to the game and are eager to play,” said coach Lowman.

 

 

 

 Led by senior in the circle Woodland looks to challenge for the region V title.

By Neill Kirkpatrick

Staff Writer

Goose Creek – Woodland heads into a new region with a first-year head coach but with a senior in the circle and some very good young talent they expect to challenge for the region V championship or at the very least secure one of the region’s play-off spots.

First year head coach Kimberly Braxton knows she has a talented squad, but she is bringing a new culture to Woodland softball.

“Woodland Softball this year has a new defined culture. Our culture can be summed up in three words; Character, Competitiveness, and Consistency. Our girls are working hard toward one common goal, and that is to win region and advance to playoffs,” said coach Braxton. “As a new head coach, I intend to help the team gain more knowledge of the sport, while also helping them advance their skills on the field. We are growing athletically and mentally this year.”

The move from region VI to region V puts the Lady Wolverines in one of the better regions in the lower state with perennial state power Barnwell.

“This is our first season playing in 2A region 5 and we understand that each team is just as capable to come out on top, however we are very capable of the winning region. We have a team that exhaust all efforts each time they step foot on the field. Our unit is strong, and we have a senior leader in the circle helping us get through region and off to playoffs,” coach Braxton said.

The senior in the circle is right hander Brianna Wilson. She is a returning All-region performer and has already throw one perfect game this year against Whale Branch. Wilson is averaging over 12 strike outs per contest.

Joining Wilson in the starting line up are is a talented group of underclassmen led by junior All-State catcher Kassidy Baldwin. Junior first basemen Kelsie Wales is also back.

Four sophomores return as well in shortstop Emma Dantzler, third basemen Dakota LaChance and outfielders Ansley Connelly and Zoey Barfield. Dantzler is the team’s relief pitcher while Connelly and Barfield see time at third and first respectively.

The two newcomers to the starting line up are second basemen Peyton Radewitz and outfielder Ashaunti Ravenell.

“With a senior pitcher leading the team in the circle and with a solid defense to back her up if we are consistently producing offensively, we should be in every game. To sum it all up, we are playing for something bigger than ourselves, for each other,” said coach Braxton

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

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