High School Sports

February 24, 2014

Preview: White Knoll softball

The Timberwolves are rebuilding under a new coaching staff.

White Knoll is again operating under new management this spring after two seasons under David Smith. April Farr is the new coach, and she will be assisted by former Brookland-Cayce mentor Richard Lundy.

Farr inherits a solid veteran core group that returns from last season’s 23-9 squad that win the Region 5-4A championship and a district title in the playoffs to reach the Lower State tournament.

“We should have strong hitting throughout the lineup and the defense should be strong on the corners in the infield and consistent at shortstop with a senior taking that position over,” said Farr.

On the other hand, there is some youth and inexperience on the roster. Filling holes created by the departure of established stars such as Lydia Trexler, and Savannah Terrapin will be a major challenge for Farr and the Timberwolves.

The headliner is Megan Anderson, who returns at third base after a sensational 2013 campaign that saw her bat .500 with 12 home runs, 44 runs scored and 34 RBI.

Ashley Brantley (.301, 16 runs, 17 RBI), Kelsey Campbell (.387, 21 runs, 12 RBI), Kristina Gartman (.262) and Morgan Holmes (.310, 21 RBI) are the other key returning players. Brantley takes over at short in place of the departed Trexler and could see some pitching times, as well. Campbell will likely emerge as the No. 1 pitcher, backed by seventh-grader Hannah Goodwin.

The tough Region 5 lineup also includes contenders Dutch Fork, North Augusta and Lexington.

White Knoll opens the season on March 10 at home against Airport.

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