Wednesday, April 3, 2013
When senior leadoff hitter Ashtin Kullnat steps to the plate, the Alicia Keys’ song “This Girl is on Fire,” blares from the loudspeaker in deference to Kullnat’s fiery locks of red hair.
The same song can describe the Berkeley Lady Stags softball play as the season enters its final month.
With a record of 10-2, the team’s only losses have come against Stratford, and the Lady Stags have made short order of the rest of their competition. Berkeley finished out the week heading into the spring break hiatus in dominating fashion downing Orangeburg-Wilkinson 15-0, Hilton Head 10-1 and Timberland 17-1.
The Lady Stags’ 5-0 Region 7AAA mark puts Berkeley at the top of the heap though coach Boogie Grooms is reluctant to let the rest of his region competition know his team is undefeated.
“We have a lot of softball yet to be played and in April,” Grooms said. “Hilton Head, James Island and Hanahan are all tough programs and we still have to travel to their place to play yet.”
In the third annual Pink Game on Friday night, the Lady Stags exploded with a seven-run second inning to cruise to the win. Catcher R.J. Reid drilled a pair of home runs and drove home three RBIs and Katie Marsch had two hits and two RBIs to back the three-hit pitching of Brooklyn Stone and Jessica Stanley.
Haley Welsh had a pair of hits and Allison Moyer a base hit and a run scored to pace the Lady Wolves.
In what was to be a big time Region 7AAA showdown with Hilton Head on Wednesday turned into a 10-1 rout. The Lady Stags allowed just two hits while scoring in every inning, but the sixth, in picking up the win.
Blake Ponder had two hits and scored three times for Berkeley who pushed across a single run in the first, three runs in the third and four innings and two runs in the fifth to win the ball game going away. R.J. Reid picked up a pair of base hits to help lead the Lady Stags.
On the road against Orangeburg-Wilkinson BHS made quick work of the Lady Bruins closing out the game 15-0 in just three innings.
Marsh, Reid, Ponder and Keltson Hilton each had two hits to pace the Lady Stags. Stone went the distance for the shutout win.
With spring break this week Berkeley is off and getting some much needed rest. Following spring break, the Lady Stags take their show on the road April 9 against Goose Creek, April 10 against James Island and April 12 against Hilton Head.
“We’re playing some really good softball right now and getting some excellent pitching out of Brooklyn Stone,” Grooms said. “She’s one who will give you a good ball game every time out.”