Lady Predators finish fourth in tournament

  • Thursday, March 13, 2014

Staff Photo by Scott Rodgers Fox Creek's Nicole Gibson watches a throw into her glove at first base against Silver Bluff on Saturday.


The rain came and went, and the Fox Creek softball team ended up splitting the week that was.

The Lady Predators finished the Palmetto Classic with a 2-2 record. The preseason tournament saw them beat South Aiken and lose to Midland Valley. This past week the team thumped Barnwell on Tuesday, 17-8, and fell against Silver Bluff 6-3 on Saturday. Rain caused a small layoff and the scheduled game against North Augusta was canceled.

“We did all right, I just don’t like losing,” head coach David Bell said following the game against the Bulldogs. “We started off a little bit slow and Silver Bluff played a really good game. Their pitcher was dead-on and the ball was really moving. We had trouble laying off the high stuff and that got us.”

In that contest Betty Vignati had two hits and a run scored. She was the only Predator to notch more than one hit, as the team combined for just seven total. Freshman pitcher Jada Simpson gave up two earned runs as two errors led to the other four runs. Simpson also struck out five in the outing.

The script was flipped for the Barnwell game, however, as the Fox Creek bats exploded for 24 total hits. Erin Harrison led the hit parade with four, followed by Vignati, Simpson, Harley Muniz and Emily Lingerfelt with three a piece. Nicole Gibson, Morgan Matthews, Hannah Culpepper and Sabrina Ladousier rounded out the lineup with each having two hits. Culpepper had four RBIs in the game, as well as a home run. Ladousier had three RBIs and Vignati had two. Vignati also led the team with three runs and she had one of the team’s three triples (Culpepper and Ladousier had the others).

“They hit really well,” Bell said. “Jada also pitched a great game. Girls just got on fire and they showed something we had been looking for. We hadn’t done a lot of batting practice and they just came out in the ninth inning and unloaded on them; they put up nine runs in the inning. Hannah hit a triple to start it off and then hit one out in the same inning. Just a lot of good things and a lot of things we can work on and get better at. We have a young team.”

Vignati and Simpson were chosen to the all-tournament team, which was voted on by all of the coaches who participated..”

The Predators will start their regular season at North for a game scheduled on Tuesday and at Williston-Elko on Friday. They will host Lewisville on Saturday before playing next Tuesday at home against Ridge Spring-Monetta.

Scott Rodgers is the news editor at The North Augusta Star and has been with the paper since January 2013. Follow him on Twitter @NAStarRodgers.

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