B-H Lady Hawks soaring off the bats
Going through preseason workouts and scrimmages, Blackville-Hilda High softball coach Michael Beasley was certainly excited about what his Lady Hawks team could achieve this season.
And after two games into the season, it’s easy to see why.
The Blackville-Hilda Lady Hawks are soaring. What’s more impressive about the start is the fact that the team has outscored its first two opponents by a margin of 21-5.
“So far we’ve been playing well in all phases of the game,” Beasley said. “It’s been mistake-free ball with good pitching and timely hitting.”
On March 7 in the season opening 12-2 win over Hunter-Kinard-Tyler High, the Lady Hawks seized the early momentum.
Emily McClary highlighted the opening inning with a two-out, two-run RBI double that scored Marlayna Singleton and Breanna Blankenship.
Leading 2-0 in the second inning, the Lady Hawks continued to soar at the plate. This time, Nyla Jenkins and Nikiria Brown reached on singles and scored.
Trailing 4-0, the Lady Trojans fought back, scoring a run in each of the third and fourth innings to narrow the lead to 4-2.
After going scoreless in the third inning, the Lady Hawks recaptured their bats in the fourth inning. The team quickly made the score 7-2 behind Jada Smalls’ two-run RBI double. Zarion Barker, who led off with a single, stole two bases and scored. Also scoring were Breanna Blankenship and Marlayna Singleton.
One inning later, the Lady Hawks put the finishing touches on. For the team, Zarion Barker and Marlayna Singleton singled and reached home off errors to complete the scoring.
Emily McClary was the winning pitcher for the Lady Hawks. She went six innings with three hits allowed and 13 strikeouts.
For the team, several players stood out defensively, including Patricia Birt, Jada Smalls, Marlayna Singleton and Melody Birt.
On Friday, March 10 in Blackville, the Lady Hawks wasted little time claiming their second win of the season in a 12-2 triumph over North High.
The Lady Hawks’ batters reached base 12 times via walks and combined for eight hits. Breanna Blankenship, who is off to a teriffic start this season at the plate, led the bats with three hits.
On the mound, Emily McClary followed up her season-opening 13-strikeout outing with 14 strikeouts against the Lady Eagles. McClary was also outstanding at the plate with three hits, including an out-of-the-park home run in the fourth inning.
“This is the most depth I’ve had in a while. We have a lot of players who can contribute,” Beasley said.