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LHS softball star will play at Columbia College

By Robert Howey

Robert Howey
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