Seventh-grader throws complete take against top-ranked Hanahan | Sports | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | April 20, 2016 5:00 pm
Last Updated: April 21, 2016 at 12:43 am
By ROBERT DRIGGERS
Photo by Cindy Crosby and Jeffery Musgrave
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The Colleton County Lady Cougar Softball team had a week they would probably prefer to forget. Playing two of the best teams in the Lowcountry, the Lady Cougars found themselves on the wrong end of the score in all three games this past week.
The Lady Cougars traveled to Ashley Ridge on Monday April 11 to take on the undefeated Swamp Foxes. Colleton County held them at bay for the first few innings of the game, but errors in the sixth and seventh would prove costly to the Lady Cougars, leading to a 7-0 defeat. Skylar Chambers and Hallie Robertson led the Lady Cougars offensively with a hit each.
Chambers took the loss for Colleton County, scattering nine hits and allowing three earned runs in her six innings of work. “Skylar pitched well, but could not get any run support,” said Coach Amber Gantt. “We played well defensively for the first few innings, but could not get the bats going. In the sixth and seventh innings, we made a few errors that really hurt our chances of getting back in the game.”
The next evening, the Lady Cougars hosted Hanahan, currently ranked third in SCHSL 3-A. Whitley Weathers, seventh-grade JV pitcher, made the start for Colleton County in the circle and took the 6-0 loss. Weathers threw a complete game for the Lady Cougars, scattering 10 hits and allowing just four earned runs to the top-ranked Hanahan team. Brittany Risher and Katelyn Barwick each had a base hit.
Friday night was a rematch with Ashley Ridge on Adams Field. The Swamp Foxes jumped out to an early 7-0 lead, eventually putting the game out-of-reach at 11-0. The Lady Cougars were sent to the dugout 11 times, collecting just three hits in the shortened game. Lauren Dewitt, Robertson and Risher each recorded a base hit. Chambers took the loss for Colleton County, allowing nine earned runs across her six innings of work. “We really struggled in this game on defense and offense,” said Gantt. “We had a very hard time getting anything going. Their young pitcher threw a really good game.”
Gantt is hoping the rough week won’t be repeated as they enter their final week of play. “This was a rough week for us,” admitted Gantt. “I hope we do not have too many of these in the future. We were not disciplined at the plate and swung at too many pitches out of the zone. It cost us. We also committed too many errors to compete against any team — let alone two of the best teams in the state.”