Landrum Cardinal varsity softball off to a strong start

Published 6:22 pm Monday, March 24, 2014



In the first two weeks of regular season play, the Landrum varsity softball team has racked up some impressive statistics.

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They have a 5-0 record, including a one run win over defending state champions Crescent in a pitching duel game that went into extra innings.

The team, which started the pre-season ranked seventh in the South Carolina 2A coaches poll, has moved up to fourth early in the season with these big wins.

The team has tallied up an impressive 88 hits and 107 runs in their first five games. The girls are hitting well with Kaylee Huntley leading the team, batting a .778 average.

There are four more players batting over .500, including Sarah Price who is batting .750 (and six homeruns), Taylor Wahler who is batting .636 (with four homeruns) and Sydney Davis and Ellen Boatwright, who are both hitting .556.

It’s not just the bats that have the team winning. Sydney Davis is also the starting pitcher and has an ERA so far of 2.172 with 42 strikeouts.

She pitched a no-hitter game against Powdersville.

The Lady Cardinals are a young team – with only three upperclassmen (juniors Wahler, Savanna Lachica and Kayla Parris) on the team and four starting players from Landrum Middle School (Price, Boatwright, Alyssa Davis and seventh grader Rachel Smith). Completing the team are sophomores Ciara Sikes, Megan Hayden, McKenzie Quinn and Davis and freshman Huntley.

“This softball season I am blessed to have a very tight knit group of girls,” said head coach Casey Smith. “They are the definition of a true team and go above and beyond to work together and support each other for the good of the team. We all have one goal in mind, to win. ”

In the next few weeks, Landrum will have tough back-to- back away games against Crescent on March 27 and Chesnee on March 28.

The next home games will be against Blacksburg on March 25 and a rematch with Powdersville on March 31.

– article submitted 

by Nancy Boatwright