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Dorchester softball aiming for state title

Dorchester Academy baseball reaches state finals series

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

St. George – Though they have been a fairly consistent team all season, the Dorchester Academy baseball team has certainly peaked in the SCISA Class A state playoffs.

The Raiders finished the regular season with a 13-4 record, losing twice in region play to Holly Hill Academy to finish second in the standings. However, since the playoffs have started, the Raiders have been virtually perfect.

Dorchester opened the playoffs with a 2-1 series win over W.W. King in the best-of-three format. The Raiders dropped game one, 8-6, but rolled to wins in game two (14-3) and three (9-3) to advance to the semi-final series against region foe Patrick Henry.

The semi-final best-of-three series was not close. The Raiders won game one, 14-0, and captured game two, 20-3. The wins put Dorchester Academy in the Class A state championship series against either Holly Hill or Wardlaw Academy. Those two teams played a decisive game three on May 10th.

“We have played about as good as we could play these last two weeks,” coach Chris Mizzell said. “We’ve been pretty solid all year but we have kicked it up a notch in the playoffs. Our pitching and defense has been solid and we have hit extremely well. We had 13 hits in all three games against W.W. King. We had 13 hits in game one against Patrick Henry and had eight hits in game two. We’re getting production from throughout the lineup. It’s been good to see.”

Anchoring the pitching staff is sophomore Chase Way, who leads the club in wins and will have more than a week’s rest heading into the first game of the championship series on May 15th.

Freshman Rhett Mizzell, senior Chase Kennedy and junior Josh Chinners also have been solid on the mound this season. Junior catcher Lance Brownlee has contributed innings as well.

Brownell, Kennedy, Way and senior Jacob Reeves – the first four hitters in the order – have been offensive leaders all season. Senior Clayton Jackson has stepped up offensively in the playoffs, giving the Raiders good production from the nine spot in the batting order.

 The Dorchester Academy softball team enters the Class A state tournament as the region champion, sporting an overall record of 18-6-1. The state tournament begins on May 12-13 in Lexington with Dorchester opening against Andrew Jackson on May 12th at 5:30 p.m.

 

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

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.

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