BHHS softball gets on hot streak

  • Patricia Birt puts the ball in play for Blackville-Hilda High.

The Blackville-Hilda High varsity softball team has been on a hot streak over the past two weeks.

After a mid-season slump with three straight losses, the Lady Hawks have flipped the script. The team has posted four straight wins with victories over Hunter-Kinard-Tyler, North High, and a doubleheader sweep of Ridge-Spring Monetta High.

Blackville-Hilda High is now 9-6 overall and 4-2 in region play.

With the playoffs right around the corner, Blackville-Hilda High coach Michael Beasley is pleased with what he’s been seeing the last couple of weeks.

“After a slow start we are beginning to come together as a team,” Beasley said. “Right now, I like where everybody is at. I really like the way we’ve been swinging the bat and producing runs. Offensively, we’re being patient at the plate. Our pitching has been superb and, defensively, we are taking the ball in front of us and making plays.”

Blackville-Hilda High’s offensive production has been the catalyst for the team’s recent success. The Lady Hawks are getting production from the top and bottom of the lineup. They are hitting .387 as a team and have scored 54 points in the last four games.

Several players have shined at the plate, including Marlayna Singleton, Patricia Birt, Emily McClary, Jada Smalls, Nyla Jenkins and Breana Blankenship.

Singleton, however, has played her best ball over the past two weeks with 12 hits, 8 RBIs and 10 runs scored.

Pitching has also been a big key. During the winning streak, Emily McClary has flourished on the mound with 48 strikeouts and only 14 hits allowed.

Defensively, Megan Chavis, Marlayna Singleton, Jada Smalls, Nyla Jenkins, Zarion Barker, Melody Birt and Lyla Davis all shone.

“We’ve been a different team since the loss to Williston-Elko High a few weeks ago. Right now, we’re playing with a lot of confidence. If we can continue to play at this level, there is no telling how far we can go in the post season,” Beasley said.