2019 High School Softball Preview Capsules

The high school softball season is underway. Here is a look at the area teams:

2019 High School Softball Preview Capsules

Battery Creek

Coach: Chris Carr (2nd season)

2018 record: 25-8 (Class 3A Lower State runner-up)

Returning starters: 7

Top returners: Emily Crosby (Sr., 3B); Journeigh Doray (Jr., SS); Olivia Gee (Jr., OF); Kelsey Hill (Sr., C); Alexis Ortiz (Sr., P); Margaret Schubert (Sr., 2B); McKenzie Young (Sr., OF)

Key losses: Michaux Gee, JuJu Greer, Bella Greer

Key newcomers: Bailey Emmert

Coach’s outlook: “We return an experienced group of players looking to build on the success of last season. We have several players who we hope will play a key role again this season as we hope to challenge for a region, district, and state championship. Keys to our season will be how quickly our pitching staff comes together as a unit as well as how our new starters handle the transition to a bigger role. We will face a very challenging schedule in an effort to prepare ourselves for playoffs so we will need to grow together both on and off the field if we hope to achieve our goals.”


Beaufort Academy

Coach: Jan Ulmer (1st season) 

2018 record: N/A

Number of returning starters: N/A

Top players: Hannah Ackerman (Sr., OF); Anna Grace Dennis (So., C)

Key losses: N/A

Key newcomers: N/A

Coach’s outlook: “The softball program at Beaufort Academy is starting fresh after several years without a team. The attitude of the players is very positive, and they are enthusiastic about learning the fundamentals of the game and competing against area teams. The biggest challenge will be finding consistent pitching and having multiple players who can pitch and/or catch so that one player does not shoulder the entire load at each position.  The players are eager to learn and are very coachable.  We expect several young players to step up offensively and defensively. Assistant Coach Eric Ackerman has extensive knowledge of softball and is an invaluable part of the coaching staff. The coaching staff knows that young players will show their inexperience at times, but they will also show marked improvement by season’s end.”   


Beaufort High

Coach: Scott Rast (5th season)

Record at BHS: 48-43

2018 record: 10-10 (lost in district playoffs)

Returning starters: 4

Top returners: Essence Champion (Sr., SS); Lilly Bearden (Sr., C); Kidron Martin (Sr., 1B); Madison Sanchez (Soph., OF)

Key losses: Emily Cook, Bricen Cambell, Lillian Sumner, Shaley Gooding

Key newcomers: Maliyah Hagan, Kiaya Johnson, Kristin Burke

Coach’s outlook: “We are very young in key areas and are very optimistic for this year and the future.” 


Bluffton

Coach: William T. Rose Jr. (1st season)

Returning starters: 4

Top returners: Isabella Spears (Jr., SS); Katey Ryan (8th, 3B); Jayla Quick (Soph., LF)

Key newcomers: Chandler Nix (Soph., OF); Parker Ray (8th, P); Reagan Kelly (7th, C)

Coach’s outlook: “We have a young, hungry team that works hard and will compete and surprise some teams this year. The future is bright for Bobcat Nation.”


Hilton Head High

Coach: Michael Scalise (2nd season)

2018 record: 2-15

Top returners: Madison Boyd (Sr., 1B/3B); Cassandra Ruhl (Soph., SS); Margaret Todd (Soph., C); Alexandra Fisher (Fr., CF)

Key losses: Elizabeth Ericcson (P); Chloe Spahr (2B/LF); Rebecca Gelb (P/1B)

Key newcomers: Reagan Merchant, Eddi McGoldrick, Ayla Clack

Coach’s outlook: The 2019 Lady Seahawks are a young, hungry, athletic group. The off-season workouts have built a core with a unified focus at surprising some people this spring and returning the Hilton Head Island Softball program to the upper half of Region 7-4A. Youth will be served in replacing three leaders and large contributors from a 2018 team that competed, battled, and

became a ‘tough out’ for opponents. The 2019 Lady Seahawks look to take the next step on the field, competing for a spot in the postseason.”


John Paul II

Coaches: Dave Atwood and Matt Bex (1st season)

Returning starters: 6

Top returners: Jasmine Hamilton (Jr., C); Hope Hamilton (Jr., OF); MacyAnne Sauls (Jr., 3B/P); Ta’Churon Brantley (Jr., UTIL); Katherine Reilly (Sr., SS); Kelly Murphy (Sr., 3B/1B)

Key Newcomers: Caroline Gilmore (Fr., 1B/P); Alexa Eddy (8th, UTIL); Samantha Reilly (8th, 2B); Cayce Graves (7th, P/INF)

Coaches outlook: “We have been extremely impressed by the raw talent and ability we have here. We have been working hard every day on fundamentals and game situations.  We truly believe that come game time, our team will be ready to compete.  Our goal is to improve every day and feel good about what we have accomplished, giving these young ladies the confidence in themselves to become a very successful team. Pitching is a big part of a team’s success and we are working very hard to develop that skill.  That takes time and hard work and our girls are willing to put that effort in.  We are very excited about the future of this team.”


May River

Coach: Shaun Gleason (1st season)

2018 record: 14-13 (2-2 in district playoffs)

Returning starters: 8

Top returners: Gabby Ximenez (Fr., P/INF); Maddie Armistead (Sr., OF); Giovana Rodiquez (Soph., OF); Kylee Gleason (Jr., INF); Olivia Turpin (Jr., INF); Kayla Bradley (Sr., UTIL); Reilly Wake (Soph., UTIL); Jordan Kovacs (Soph., C)

Key losses: Hayley Welsch, Alisa Depew

Key newcomers: Peyton Rockwell, Bayli Belger, Caleigh Powell

Coach’s outlook: “This team should finish in the top two in the region and have a good showing in the postseason.”


Ridgeland-Hardeeville

Coach: Beatrice Anderson

Top returners: Regina Jenkins (1B); Jaylan Scott (2B); Rylee Holmes (3B); Kayla Murray (C); Dee’Asia Mikell (P); Kiara Alexander (SS)

Coach’s outlook: “I will strive to create an environment that will encourage our young ladies to learn and develop on and off the field. Each player has their strengths and weaknesses. I as a coach will work on turning their weaknesses into strengths. I want to teach these young ladies sportsmanship and how to have fun while also learning the game. My goal is to instill the idea that winning is not the reason we play. The goal is to have fun, gain experience and learn to play as a team.”


Thomas Heyward

Coach: Trish Bryan (1st season)

2018 Record 12-14 (1-2 in SCISA playoffs)

Returning starters: 6

Top returners: Ivy Bryan (Sr., SS); Danielle Dudley (Sr., P); Bailey Brown (Sr., 2B); Jana Christian (Sr., OF); Abigail Hayes (Fr., C)

Key losses: Cheyenne Strong, Alayna DeLong

Key newcomers: Gracie Wade, Keleigh Bowers, Olivia Pace

Coach’s outlook: “Cheyenne left big shoes to fill on the mound.  Fortunately, we have a very reliable pitcher in Danielle and she should be able to hold her own on the mound. Our field will see more action, and I am confident that they will make the plays when needed. Looking forward to great leadership from our seniors this season.”

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