Dorchester softball aiming for state title
By David Shelton
St. George – The Dorchester Academy softball team has set its sights on winning the SCISA class A state title this spring. After a 13-4 start to the 2017 campaign, chances are the Raiders have a great shot at achieving their goal.
The Raiders also have won six of their first seven games in region play and sit atop the league standings. In addition to a competitive conference schedule, Dorchester has included competitive non-region games to prepare for a long playoff run.
“We have added more games and tournaments this year to get a minimum of 25 games,” reports co-coach Kim Reeves, who coaches the team with husband Jack. “We expect this team to continue to gell together and finish in the top two of our region.
“We have a core group of returning starters that have played together on varsity for at least three years. We should be setup to make a run deep into the playoffs.”
The team has four seniors in Elizabeth Traxler, Madison Murray, Cinnamon Forst and Madison Matthew. Traxler is a returning all-state player and is hitting .355 with 10 RBI’s this season. Murray starts in leftfield and is hitting .485 with nine RBI.
Forst sees time at first base, as does Matthew.
Freshman shortstop Savanna Varn is hitting .475 this season with nine RBI’s while eighth-grader Grace Judy, a third baseman, is hitting .462 and leads the team with 24 RBI’s.
Sophomore catcher Savanna Shelton is hitting .382 with 11 RBI’s and sophomore pitcher Hannah Reeves is hitting .462 with 11 RBI’s while posting a solid 2.60 earned run average inside the circle.
Sophomore outfielder Ashlyn Lynch is hitting .429 with 10 RBI’s and freshman outfielder Lydia Hofstetter is hitting .375. Junior Emma Moorer plays second base and hits .438 with seven RBI’s.
Seeing time off the bench are junior Shelby Forst and sophomore Elizabeth Huff.
Dorchester’s major competition in region play is Holly Hill Academy, which happens to be the team’s biggest rival. Holly Hill played in the class A state finals last season.