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Dorchester Academy Lady Raiders primed for a three-peat

By Neill Kirkpatrick

Staff Writer

Goose Creek – After back to back titles the Lady Raiders know what it takes to be a champion in terms of getting it done on the field so their main focus in the early part of the season has been to work on their mental approach so far so good as they have gotten off to a 10-1 start on the year.

“This is my best and deepest team,” said Dorchester Academy head coach Jack Reeves. “We are stressing the mental approach to the game to the girls and how important it is to be focused on one game at a time,” said coach Reeves.

“This is the first time I have had a rotation in the circle. We can be very explosive on offense and this is the best defensive team I have coached,” Reeves continued. “If we do the little things to be prepared each game, I expect us to be there in the end.”

The pitching rotation begins with senior Hannah Reeves. The Wingate University signee is coming off Tommy John Surgery and hasn’t lost thing in her pitching arm. She has struck out 16 batters is only 10 innings and has only walked one.

The second half of the rotation is junior Payton Jackson. She has been an excellent complement to Reeves and has struck out 25 in just 18 innings.

The duo has held 8 of their 11 opponents to two runs or less.

Offensively, the bats have hot most games as the team is hitting .429 as a team with a .601 slugging percentage. The Lady Raiders average 8.6 runs per game and have scored 12+ runs in four game thus far. Five of the girls are hitting .450 or better led by junior Savanna Varns eye popping and team leading .714 average. She has also scored a team high 15 runs.

Grace Judy (.647), Jackson (.579), Lydia Hofstetter (.529) and Reeves (.458) are the others hitting over .450. Judy has scored 11 runs and driven in 10 and has a team high five doubles.

Reeves and Jackson are one, two in RBI’s at 14 and 12 respectively.

 Hitting over .330 are Ashlynn Lynch (.353), Elizabeth Huff (.333), Josie Fineran (.333), Kaitlyn Creel (.368) and Savanna Shelton (.391). Creel, who is coming off a knee injury, is second on the team in runs scored with 14 and along with Lynch are the only ones to homer for DA.







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