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Lancaster High School star softball pitcher Erin Walker is taking her game to the next level.
Walker, who produced a stellar senior campaign to cap a banner LHS softball career, will play at Columbia College in Columbia.
“I’m really excited about going to Columbia College,” said Walker, who played six seasons for LHS. “When I visited there, I really enjoyed it.
“I like the coach and the players I met made me want to be a part of their softball program,” she said. “I also want to be a special education teacher and they have a good program for that.”
Walker was a key part of a solid LHS softball program, highlighted by her stellar senior campaign.
The ace right-hander was a key factor in the Lady Bruins’ late-season drive to earn a shot to play for the region title.
The LHS girls finished as the region runner-up, but captured the district championship and a bid in the Class AAAA Upper State championship series.
“I’m glad Erin’s senior season went the way it did because it was a big part of our success and enabled her to receive this opportunity to continue her education and play softball,” LHS second-year softball coach Kim Perry said. “Erin is a hard worker and an outstanding leader. She’s meant a lot to our program.”
Walker’s senior season saw her earn Region III-AAAA Player of the Year honors along with selection to the annual Coaches Association of Women’s Sports (CAWS) North-South All-Star softball game at USC Aiken last month.
She also earned all-state honors and was named to the all-region team for the second straight season.
She was 13-10 for the season with a 1.66 earn run average, 133 strikeouts and 13 walks.
She hit .380 with a home run, 21 runs scored, 13 RBIs, six doubles, three sacrifices, four walks and three stolen bases.
Walker, in her junior season, also earned the Lady Bruins’ Pitching Award with a 2.11 earn run average and 97 strikeouts.
“Erin is about hard work and dedication,” Perry said. “I’m very proud of her. She will make an impact there and I feel Columbia College is a good fit for her.
“I think she will be a great asset there,” Perry said. “We’re going to miss her in our softball program, but she set a great example for our returning players and younger players to follow in the future.”
Contact sports editor Robert Howey at 283-1157