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KC All-Stars make trip to state tourney

Posted: June 28, 2018 11:10 a.m.
Updated: June 29, 2018 1:00 a.m.
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THE KERSHAW COUNTY 12u girls’ fast pitch softball all-star team celebrates with their trophy and medals after having won the District 2 championship. Pictured, from left, are coach William Trapp, Kayley Lynch, Madison Stokes, Madison Knoerr, Savana Mosley, Haydin Williams, Christen Citro, Isabel Trapp, Laurel Rodgers, Ella Sheorn, Ashlynn Wright, Cameran Peake, coach Stephen Sheorn, Sarah Sheorn and coach Lee Stokes.

What can be accomplished in a span of three weeks? How about a group of young girls coming together for the first time as a team and then, going on to win a district fast pitch softball championship.

That was exactly how it worked for the Kershaw County 12u girls’ squad which won the District 2 championship tournament in Jefferson and advanced to the state championship tournament in Bluffton beginning July 6.  

The KC All-Stars opened tournament play on Saturday, June 16 against the host team from Jefferson. KC jumped out to a 9-0 lead after three innings with Isabel Trapp leading the way with two hits, including a triple. After the hosesses put up four runs to pull within, 9-4, in the top of the fourth, Madison Stokes belted a two-run blast to push the KC lead to 11-4. 

After Trapp added her third hit of the game, along with and run-scoring hits off the bats of Laurel Rodgers and Hayden Williams, Sarah Sheorn drove in two runs to end the game by the 10-run rule at 15-4.

Next up in the winners’ bracket was a pairing with defending district champion, Lancaster. Lancaster jumped out to a 4-0 lead after a half-inning of play. KC was able to get back into the game on RBI hits from Savana Mosley, Rodgers and Williams to cut the lead to 4-3. Rodgers then tied the game by scoring on a passed ball. Williams put KC on top, 5-4, when she noticed the pitcher was not watching her at third on her way back to the mound and took off for home. 

After 3 1/2 innings, the score was tied at eight. KC was able to put some distance between itself and Lancaster by scoring five times in the bottom of the fourth by using six hits in the rally. After Lancaster scored a pair in the top of fifth to cut the KC lead to 13-10, Kershaw County was able to close out the game with Kayley Lynch striking out two batters in the sixth. 

Blythewood defeated Lancaster on Monday, 8-7, to set up the game against KC the following evening.

Blythewood took a 3-0 lead into the bottom of the third when KC bats started to come alive. KC scored twice in the bottom of the third on hits by Wright and run-scoring hits off the bats of Christen Citro and Stokes. After Blythewood scored one in the top of the fourth to push its advantage to 4-2, KC exploded for seven in the bottom of fourth; batting around on seven hits. 

Blythewood scored a run with two outs to cut the lead to 9-5. The key play of the inning came when Trapp tagged a Blythewood runner out at home as the batter was trying to turn a triple into an inside the park homerun. 

KC then scored a run in the bottom of the fifth to push its lead back to five runs at 10-5. Blythewood went down in order in the sixth with Ella Sheorn got the last out unassisted play at first base to end the game. 

Stokes led the KC offense with three hits while Rodgers and Citro had two each in the championship game. 

Trapp caught all three games for the district champions with Stokes handling 10 innings on the mound while Lynch pitched six frames as three weeks after their first practice, the KC All-Stars wrapped up a 3-0 district record. 

“We came a long ways over 21 days,” said KC coach Lee Stokes. “We had four girls who had never played tournament play. We had 12 practices and eight scrimmages to get ready. Most practices we had seven adults helping, which allowed more individual skill focus. 

“Thanks to Stephen Sheorn, William Trapp, Mike Rawl, Taylor Rawl, Josh Peake and Chris Citro. Special thanks to Chuck Sturkie for words of encouragement to the girls and coaches, and for his dedication while pitching over 400 pitches to each girl over multiple practices; even while taking care of a lost love one. Thanks to Amy Lynch for organizing fundraisers and local businesses for their support as well.

“Thanks to all of the support from family, friends and the community. Now on to state,” Stokes added.

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