Lady Bruins go 3-1 in Cheraw tourney

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Prep Softball Roundup

By The Staff

 The Lancaster Lady Bruins went 3-1 in the annual Cheraw Spring Swing prep softball tournament on Monday, April 14 in Cheraw.

The tournament was scheduled to be played over two days, but with rain in the forecast for Tuesday, April 15, the tourney format was altered to have a one-day tournament.

“The weather has not been in spring sports favor this season,” Lancaster High softball coach Kim Perry said.

The Lady Bruins entered the Cheraw Spring Swing tournament for the third time under coach Perry.

“I have enjoyed going to this tournament during our spring break for a few reasons,” Perry said. “Great teams are always here and I have ties to Chesterfield County.

“The tournament gives our girls an opportunity to stay sharp during a break instead of not having any competition at all during the spring break week,” Perry said.

Lancaster faced West Florence, Cheraw, Timberland and McBee in the tournament.

“It was decided that with the rain coming in, the winner would be based on the day’s record,” Perry said. “It was originally set to be a two-day tournament.”

Lancaster went 3-1 in its four games on Monday, April 14.

“We were able to hang on to win against West Florence, Cheraw and McBee, but unfortunately lost to Timberland,” Perry said. “We had to play our girls, and some younger junior varsity players in a lot of different positions due to the number of games.”

Summer Clinton pitched three out of the four games.

The LHS coaches, in a move to give Clinton a break, brought in Sydney Cauthen against Timberland.

“Sydney did a great job, but unfortunately our defense made some costly errors that put us behind,” Perry said. “We are proud of the way the girls battled throughout the day. We got behind a few times in some games, but they kept battling and never gave up.

“I credit this to the girls competitive nature as well as the leadership under senior Elizabeth Gaston. She keeps the girls focused and positive,” Perry said.

The Lady Bruins’ leading hitters were Jada Ames, .364 batting average, Kaela Robinson, .444 batting average and Summer Clinton, .700 batting average.

Lancaster returns to regular-season play Tuesday, April 22 for the Lady Bruins Senior Night game as  LHS hosts Rock Hill at 7 p.m.

In the first meeting with the Lady Bearcats, Lancaster dropped a 13-12 loss in Rock Hill on Friday, March 28.

Following the game with Rock Hill, Lancaster will travel to Clover to face the Lady Blue Eagles on Wednesday, April 23 at 7:30 p.m. LHS visits South Pointe of Rock Hill on Friday, April 25.