Lady Cougars senior night spoiled in 9-4 loss | Sports | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | April 27, 2016 5:00 pm
Last Updated: April 27, 2016 at 2:16 pm
By ROBERT DRIGGERS
The Colleton County Lady Cougars lost 9-4 against Fort Dorchester on Monday April 18 at home.
Prior to the start of the game, Colleton County honored their five seniors, along with former Lady Cougar Sierra Zirk, who is recovering from brain surgery earlier this month.
The Patriots jumped out to an early 3-0 lead after sending eight batters to the plate in the first inning. Not to be outdone, the Lady Cougars responded with four runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning.
Vic Brewington, who saw the field for the first time since suffering a pre-season injury, knocked in a run with a single in her first plate appearance. Hallie Robertson followed with a two-out double, which would drive in three runs, allowing the Cougars an early 4-3 lead.
Fort Dorchester responded with two runs in the second to retake the lead 5-4 and go on to score four additional runs in the game. The Lady Cougars stranded runners in scoring position in the third, fifth and seventh innings, failing to come up with timely hits.
Offensively, Colleton County was led by Lauren Dewitt and Brewington, who each had two hits. Katelyn Barwick and Jamoni Sanders each contributed a base hit. Senior Skylar Chambers stood in the circle for the last time in her high school career. Chambers spent most of career behind the plate for the Lady Cougars, but contributed mightily this season from within the circle. Chambers allowed nine runs on 14 hits against the Patriots.
The Lady Cougars traveled to Fort Dorchester on Wednesday for game two of the series, where the Patriots shutout Colleton County 8-0. Chambers took the loss, allowing five earned runs on 15 hits. At the plate, the Lady Cougars were led by Brittney Risher who was 2-for-2 on the day. Dewitt, Robertson and Makayla Hunt each contributed a hit.
A Friday night non-region game against Beaufort failed to be played due to inclement weather and will not be made up.
“On Wednesday, the girls fought hard against Fort Dorchester,” said Coach Amber Gantt. “They came up short after a difficult beginning to the week. We got girls on base, but just couldn’t move them around and score them.”
Coach Amber Gantt, after consecutive playoff appearances in 2014 and 2015, saw her team go 3-13 overall and 1-7 in region play this season.
“This season has seen its share of ups and downs,” admitted Gantt. “Unfortunately, the season did not pan out the way we all wanted it to as far as wins and losses, but I believe our girls grew as players this year.”