South softball undefeated in regular season

Published 2:14 pm Tuesday, May 16, 2023

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By Brian Pitts

Enterprise Record

South Davie’s softball team went 10-0 in the regular season and 11-1 overall while outscoring opponents 10-2 on average.

What a massive accomplishment after winning four games combined the past two years.

The Tigers just weren’t themselves in the conference tournament final, when they suffered their only loss. Ellis sprung the upset, 9-1, after losing to South three times in the regular season. But other than that one game, South was a powerhouse, winning its first conference title since 2015 and the fourth title in program history.

“We just had one bad game against Ellis in the conference tournament,” coach Donnie Brown said. “Ellis had a really good game. But to win 11 games is pretty good. We won three (in 2022) and the year before that we won one. We definitely moved in the right direction.”

The team captains, Addie Brown and Raney Phelps, were magnificent. Phelps, who went the distance in the circle in all 12 games, struck out 128 batters in 66 innings, averaging 1.9 Ks per inning. She threw five shutouts, three perfect games and racked up 17 Ks against Ellis on April 11. On top of all that, the eighth grader hit .794 with three home runs.

Brown, an eighth grader, was the No. 1 stick with an .833 average. She blasted four homers, including three over the fence.

“Addie and Raney were good leaders for the girls,” Brown said.

Scarlett Brock, Allie Cothren and Sarenity Miller helped South outscore opponents 120-21. Brock hit .667 and Cothren .472. Brock, Cothren and Miller each hit one homer.

That wasn’t all.

“Madison Shaw played a good second base all year,” said Brown, who has spent six years in the South dugout, including the last five as head coach. “Chloe Charles played third base all year and did a really good job there. Our outfield was mostly brand new to the game as sixth graders, but they definitely improved throughout the year.”