JV Lady Hawks finish 19-2-1 on season | Sports | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | May 18, 2017 5:00 am
Last Updated: May 17, 2017 at 2:37 pm
By CINDY CROSBY
In the season finale, the Colleton Prep JV Softball team defeated Andrew Jackson Academy 11-3 to improve its 2017 overall record to 19-2-1. Their only loses this season were recorded early against Marlboro Academy during the JV SCISA Invitational Tournament.
Rachel Wright recorded the win for the JV Lady Hawks in the circle with three scoreless innings of work. She was relieved by Haley Bootle, who went on to record a scoreless fourth inning.
Linley Jones and Wright led off the bottom of the first with back-to-back singles, followed by a two-run double from Taylor Tomedolskey. Ella Nolte then made it four hits in a row for the JV Hawks, along with RBI singles from Becca Martin and Rianna Bailey to put Colleton Prep up 5-0 after one inning.
Ally Crook ran down a fly ball in right to start off the second inning, then Wright mowed down the next two outs. CPA lead off the bottom with three consecutive singles, followed by a 2-RBI single from Bootle and a 2-RBI double from Martin to give the Lady Hawks a 9-0 cushion after two innings.
Andrew Jackson managed its first runner in the third, but was caught stealing by catcher Linley Jones. CPA then recorded a double play when outfielder Emily Wilson hauled in a fly ball to right center and fired a strike to first baseman Jessica Hughes for the double-play.
CPA stretched its lead to 11-0 in the bottom of the fourth, before giving way to three unearned runs in the top of the fifth for a final score of 11-3.
“Our JV schedule had an anti-climactic end to the season with no tournament,” said Coach Tiger Martin. “We hadn’t had a game in nearly two weeks, so I was worried the girls may have not been as focused as earlier in the season. Our last practice indicated that could be the case, so we encouraged them to focus just one more game as we didn’t want to a last game loss to tarnish what was a great season.
“It would be difficult for me to express how much I enjoyed the year,” said Martin. “The girls had a great attitude throughout the season and were a pleasure to coach. I’m so proud of the way they played and I am thankful for the opportunity that CPA gave me to coach. I’d like to thank assistant coaches Mark Tomedolskey and Christy Martin.
“I think every single player got better as the year went on,” said Martin. “Continuous improvement is always the goal and gives me confidence we’re teaching the right things in practice. My lone regret is that we don’t get another crack at Marlboro Academy at this point in the season, as the girls now have so much more confidence in themselves and in their teammates.”