Lady Hawks go 3-2 in SCISA preseason tourney | Sports | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | March 16, 2016 2:46 pm
By CINDY CROSBY
In their season opener, the Colleton Prep Lady Hawks defeated Northwood Academy 8-6 on Thursday March 10 in an away game. Senior Ally Knight pitched four innings for the Lady Hawks before giving way to Anne Garrett Carter for three innings of relief. Knight and Carter combined for six strikeouts in the game.
Lexie Murray led Colleton Prep at the plate, going 3-4 with a home run and three RBIs. Haley Wilson went 2-2 with an RBI and a double. Meredith Ware was 2-3 with a double, while Summer Gerard was 3-4 in the game. “We hit the ball pretty well against some pretty decent pitching,” said Coach Mallory Crawford. “I was pleased with that. We had a few miscues on defense, which is expected in the first game of the season.”
The Lady Hawks outscored Patrick Henry 12-1 in four innings during the first home game of the season on Friday March 11. Wilson started for Colleton Prep in the circle, pitching three innings, giving up two hits and collecting eight strikeouts. Elizabeth Anne Dean pitched one inning in the mercy-rule shortened game.
Murray again led CPA’s offensive effort, going 3-3 with a home run. Penelope Tuten, Patricia Utsey, Dean and Ware were 2-3 against Patrick Henry. “Everyone contributed at the plate,” said Crawford. “Haley pitched really well and we had a solid game on the defensive end with no errors.”
Colleton Prep traveled to Sumter on Saturday March 12 to compete in the SCISA Shoot Out Preseason Tournament. The Lady Hawks lost 1-0 against Wilson Hall in a pitchers’ duel. Knight went five innings and allowed no hits. Ware had the only hit of the game for CPA. “Ally pitched an amazing game,” admitted Crawford. “We just couldn’t get our bats going.”
Against Jefferson Davis, CPA rebounded, winning 10-1. Ware and Wilson combined for the win, giving up only one hit. Dean led the Lady Hawks at the plate, going 2-2. Knight hit her first career homerun in the contest.
The Lady Hawks shut out Conway Christian, 15-0 in game three of the day. Wilson pitched a no-hitter with five strikeouts. Tuten led at the plate, going a perfect 3-3. Dean, Wilson and Heather Davis all went 2-2 against Conway.
Carter started against Robert E. Lee, in the Lady Hawks’ fourth game, earning a 6-4 win. Ware went 2-2 against the Cavaliers.
CPA fell 13-3 against Marlboro in what would be their final game of the day. Knight started in the circle for the Lady Hawks. Tuten went 2-2 in the game, while Carter, Gerard and Davis each had a hit. “We had run out of gas at this point,” admitted Crawford. “They hit really well, while our bats had fallen silent.”
Crawford was very pleased with the effort of her team during the tournament. “I was very pleased with how well the girls played yesterday,” said Crawford. “After the first game, our bats stayed consistent until we ran out of steam in the last game. Everyone contributed and was very positive all day. Our pitchers did an excellent job. We were able to rotate them throughout the day, which is important early in the season, to give everyone experience on the mound. Our defense was solid as well. It was just a good day of softball.”
Colleton Prep won the 1A division of the tournament and finished in fifth place overall behind Thomas Heyward (champions), Thomas Sumter (runner-up), Pee Dee and Marlboro.
“These are likely the top teams in the SCISA, in addition to Williamsburg, so I’ll certainly hold my head high knowing that,” added Crawford.