Wednesday, April 17, 2013
The St. John’s Christian Academy Lady Cavaliers softball team took one on the chin courtesy of Pinewood Prep on Saturday, losing 7-1, but Coach Ed Taylor knew this going in.
“They’re a bigger team and a better team, but we needed the experience against these bigger and better teams so we can improve ourselves,” he said.
After posting three wins during the week, 15-0 over Orangeburg Christian, 19-7 over Cathedral Academy and 17-2 over Faith Christian, the Lady Cavs faced a Panthers team featuring one of the top softball hitters in the nation in centerfielder and leadoff hitter Austin Utsey.
Utsey has racked up a .744 batting average so far this season, unofficially 13th in the nation according to Panthers Coach Marcus Smith. The senior leadoff hitter has 29 hits, scored 23 runs and stolen 39 bases through 14 games this season.
Against SJCA Utsey went 4-4 with four runs scored.
For the Lady Cavs Parker Blackmon singled home the lone run in the fifth inning.
“We have some tough games this week with some similar pitching as Pinewood Prep and we needed the experience,” Taylor said.
St. John’s also played the game a little shorthanded as two of their players had to miss the game because of college trip commitments so Taylor had to pull up a couple players from the JV squad.
“This was a difficult game to play,” he told his team afterwards, “But this will make us better and more prepared come playoff time and our goal is to take everyone to state this year.”
The Lady Cavs are currently 2-0 in region play and 5-6 overall, which includes games against Cane Bay and Pinewood Prep.
In the 15-0 win over Orangeburg Christian, the bats came alive keyed by a pair of home runs by Haley Singletary and a solo homer by Sara Hamm. SJCA blew the game open with a 10-run second inning as they sent 14 hitters to the plate.
In the 17-2 win over Faith Christian, Hamm again at the hot stick going 3 for 3 with three runs scored and a pair of RBIs. Singletary picked up the win in the circle.
SJCA exploded for 19 runs in the 19-7 win over Cathedral.
Christiana Mitchum rapped out a pair of hits and scored twice, Singletary had two hits as well and scored three runs and Hamm once again provided the big stick with a double and a triple and four RBIs.
The Lady Cavs have some big games on the schedule this week against Academic Magnet and First Baptist.