Patriots end five-year drought in series with Green Wave
The Patriot softball team claimed an 8-3 victory over Summerville Friday to end the Green Wave’s reign in the series.
The top of the lineup was golden for Fort Dorchester, which notched its first victory over Summerville since April 8, 2008.
Most of the players on this year’s Patriot team were in middle school and others in elementary school when the Fort earned that 5-4 win. Third baseman Kaitlyn Kerley, who joined the Fort varsity team as a seventh-grader, is the only player on the team familiar with the days when the Patriots weren’t the outright underdog in the rivalry series.
“We showed up tonight,” Kerley said. “There is something we have been lacking a little bit but we played liked a (traditional) Fort Dorchester softball team tonight and I think we will keep playing that way.”
She had the clutch hit that lifted the Patriots over the Wave and finished 2 for 3 at the plate with four RBIs and a run scored. Fort leadoff hitter Ashley Rogers was 4 for 5 at the plate with an RBI and two runs scored. Madison Ferguson, who bats between Rogers and Kerley from the No. 2 spot, went 2 for 3 at the plate with a run scored.
Taylor Knight led the Summerville batters, going 2 for 3 with a run scored. Taylor Wuerfel was 2 for 4 at the plate for the Wave.
Mackenzie Broughton picked up the pitching win after throwing a complete game.
Summerville had a good start as it jumped out to a 2-0 lead off a sacrifice fly by Summer Jenkins that plated Sarah Windham in the first inning and a sacrifice fly by Windham that drove in Hannah Horton in the second.
Fort Dorchester got on the board in the third when Rogers singled, moved over on a bunt by Ferguson and scored on a Kerley single. The score remained 2-1 until the Pats broke the game open in the fifth, scoring seven runs on four hits, three Wave errors and two walks.
The Patriots opened the inning by loading the bases with singles from Alison Muschek and Rogers and a fielding error. Kerley followed with a double that drove in three runs for a 4-2 Fort lead.
The next three runs came on a fielding error, a walk and a wild pitch that allowed Savannah Ferguson to score. Rogers then singled to drive in a run for an 8-2 Fort lead.
Summerville struggled at the plate the rest of the game but did add a run in the sixth when Brittany Olean plated Knight with a single.
Fort Dorchester improved to 5-11 with a 2-3 mark in region play with the win. Summerville, which climbed all the way to the No. 3 spot in the state Class AAAA coaches poll earlier this year, fell to 11-4 and 2-3.
Patriot coach Shae Mansor is hoping her team can use the win as a springboard.
“We recently changed our mindset,” Mansor said. “We are putting everything else aside and just focusing on playing softball. We have had more obstacles this year than we thought we would but tonight they seemed to play together better than they have all year. They were focused. Usually we hype this game up a little because they want to beat Summerville so bad but we didn’t this time and tonight they just came out and played.”
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