Chapin rolling toward softball playoffs

04/20/2014 3:29 PM

04/20/2014 3:36 PM

Chapin put on a 3-0-1 show at the annual Azalea Invitational Tournament last week, sharing Summerville's venerable softball festival championship with Buford.

The Eagles (18-2-1) and the Class 2A Yellow Jackets from Lancaster County were in a 4-4 deadlock in the championship game on April 15 when the game was halted by rain.

Chapin returns to action on Monday with a Region 4-3A home game against A.C. Flora followed by a Tuesday home date against first-year River Bluff, which enters the conference stretch run in second place, one game behind the Eagles.

The Eagles are looking to their sixth straight region pennant under coach Jason Jolley, who sports a .821 winning percentage (133-28-1) since taking over the program in 2009.

Chapin is averaging 10.1 runs per game and boasts a .406 team batting average.

The top producers include Brooke Burns (.500, 33 runs, 3 HR, 30 RBI), Makenzie Whitman (..475, 33 runs, 13 RBI), Hannah Davis (.444, 17 runs, 12 RBI), Molly Burns (.426, 24 runs), Nicole Smith (.424, 25 runs), Lindsay Harris (.400, 17 runs, 4 HR, 32 RBI) and Olivia Chapman (.348, 18 runs, 3 3B, 2 HR, 24 RBI).

Abby Malcolm is the workhorse of the pitching staff, sporting a 15-2 record with one save and a 1.57 ERA. She has 105 strikeouts in 76 innings of work in the circle.

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