Baseball, softball action ramps up as teams continue facing regional foes

Posted 3/27/24

Baseball and softball action is in full swing across the county with a few teams emerging as contenders midway through the season. 

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Baseball, softball action ramps up as teams continue facing regional foes


Baseball and softball action is in full swing across the county with a few teams emerging as contenders midway through the season. 

A handful of teams in Lexington County have wracked up victories both in and out of region games, finding their rhythm and forming an identity. 

Some of these teams include the Airport, Gilbert, Chapin, Northside Christian, Batesburg-Leesville and Gray baseball teams, plus the Gray and Chapin softball teams have experienced early success this year.

The Airport baseball team wrapped up their region before any other team in the area. The Eagles clinched the region championship early this week against North Augusta after three wins against South Aiken last week.

The Eagles are 13-1 this season and have won 10 games in a row. 

Gray Collegiate also has its region secured thanks to forfeits. The War Eagles are succeeding in the games they are playing, holding a 10-1 record entering this week. 

The team split its two games last week, losing to Dreher but beating Cardinal Newman. 

Gilbert, Chapin and Batesburg-Leesville are all one or two-loss teams and competing near the top of their conference. 

The Indians are 9-2 after sweeping Swansea twice last week by a combined score of 22-0. The Panthers are also 9-2 entering this week after sweeping Silver Bluff. And the Eagles are 8-1 after a two-win, one-loss series win against Lexington last week. 

In SCISA play, the Northside Christian Crusaders are off to a good start on the diamond, holding a 7-2 record entering this week. 

The team picked up their first region win last week, beating Thomas Sumter Academy 7-0.

Grayson Crim had a strong performance from the mound striking out 10 batters, while allowing only two hits through all seven innings. 

On the softball field, Gray and Chapin are the two teams that have had the most success in the early portion of this season.

Both teams begin this week with just two blemishes on their records. Chapin is 8-2, and Gray has a few more wins at 13-2. 

Despite the success record-wise, Chapin fell behind in their region standings after dropping the opener to Lexington. 

It is the Wildcats and White Knoll that sit on top of the standings entering this week after picking up two wins apiece against region rivals. For the Timberwolves, the first two region games have been a welcomed sight, after struggling against non-conference opponents. 

Other baseball and softball teams around Lexington County will be looking to strengthen their resumes with just about a month of regular season games left. Some can even still win their region with many conferences just beginning local games. 

Big Performances

Mason Burdette pitched a complete game for Irmo, striking out 13 batters, while allowing only one hit and one run in the Yellow Jackets’ 11-1 victory against Richland Northeast. 

Aspen Boulware hit two home runs for Gray Collegiate as the War Eagles went on to defeat Irmo 15-2. 

Allie Boone drove in four runs off of two hits for Dutch Fork in their game against River Bluff, including a three-run homer to right field. 

Kate Shealy went 3-3 at the plate for Batesburg-Leesville and pitched a complete game to lift the Panthers to a win over Silver Bluff. 

Miller Harrelson allowed no runs and just two hits in 6.2 innings pitched, striking out nine batters for Airport as they shut out South Aiken. 

Games to watch

Irmo vs. Ridge View softball — March 28 — 7:15 p.m. 

Chapin vs. White Knoll softball — March 28 — 7:15 p.m.

Batesburg-Leesville at Fox Creek baseball — March 29 — 6 p.m. 

River Bluff vs. Lexington baseball — March 29 — 6:30 p.m. 

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