Chesterfield softball jockeying for playoff spot
By Ken Buck
Chesterfield— Going into the homestretch of the regular season, the Chesterfield High School Golden Rams softball team is looking to make a push in the latter half of the season and advancing into the Class AA playoffs.
Veteran Head Coach Freddie Gaskins and his team is currently hovering around .500 for the season and in the middle of the pack in the region.
Gaskins points out that Andrew Jackson and Buford are two good, quality teams holding down the top spots while teams like Chesterfield, North Central, Central Pageland, and Cheraw are jockeying for the rest of the region’s playoff spots.
Gaskins says that his Chesterfield team has been inconsistent at times.
“We just keep messing up defensively,” he says. “It seems like we will make an error that will really cost us (at the wrong time of the game. We have played really well in some games and then it just seems like something will happen.”
He added that he continues to go over defensive play every day with his team in games and practices.
“They are getting better,” he says. “They are working really hard so we will just have to see how (the rest of the regular season) plays out.”
Offensively, the Lady Rams have struggled a bit as well.
“I have a few kids who swing the bat really well but down towards the bottom of the order (we struggle) just about like everybody else,” Gaskins says.
Sophomore Jodi Hatcher is the team’s catcher and among the team’s leading hitters, going into April at over .380 batting average.
Madison Mills, actually broke his wrist during scrimmages and is just coming back now, is doing well at the plate and pitching some as well for Chesterfield.
Pitching has been a relative strength for the Lady Rams, including eighth grader Liz Willard. Willard has also played well at the plate, including hitting a three-run home run earlier in the season against Central Pageland.
Key match ups upcoming for Chesterfield include games against Andrew Jackson and Cheraw.