Without question, the St. John’s Christian softball team finished the regular season hitting on all cylinders.
The Cavaliers entered the SCISA Class A playoffs on an eight-game winning streak. Most of the contests in the stretch have not been close. They’ve outscored opponents 85-16.
“We haven’t been making errors and we’re getting a lot of hits,” St. John’s Christian coach Roger Dennis said. “It’s all clicking right now.”
The Cavaliers (10-6) placed second in their region behind state favorite Dorchester Academy. They’ve not lost since DA blanked them 10-0 on March 22.
P/C Charity Dennis is the team’s top hitter with a .469 batting average, followed by OF/P Hannah Roberson (.415) and 1B Sarah Mitchum (.413). More notable sticks at the dish are OF Mary Davis (.344), IF Katelyn Ware (.333), IF Beth Mitchum (.310), OF Lexi Perry (.286) and OF Emma Roberson (.283).
Dennis and Hannah Roberson handle the duties inside the circle. Dennis has a 1.35 earned-run average with 38 strikeouts in 46 innings. Roberson has thrown 47 innings and fanned 40 batters with a 4.31 ERA.
The last regular season game was a 13-2 win at Northwood Academy on April 30. Hannah Roberson collected three hits and scored three runs. Dennis, McKenzie Ellis and Ware chipped in two hits apiece.
Roberson was the winning pitcher, striking out six and scattering four hits in six innings.
In a 15-0 win over the Charleston Storm on April 26, Dennis had two hits while Beth Mitchum, Emma Roberson, Ellis, Ware and Perry scored two runs each. Mary Davis and Demaris Crawford contributed with RBIs.
Roberson struck out six in three innings to earn the win.
The Lady Cavaliers begin play in the SCISA state tournament on Friday, May 10.
Regardless of what happens the rest of the way this spring, the program is on solid ground moving into next year and beyond. St. John’s Christian loses only one senior, Sarah Mitchum.
Charity Dennis and Hannah Roberson are juniors and there are loads of players who are sophomores or below.