The Gilbert softball team finished the 2008 season with a 10-10 overall record. The Indians won the Region 4-2A championship and advanced to the Class 2A state playoffs, going 1-2 in District IV action.
“We did not play well enough on defense to give ourselves a chance to win against quality teams,” said coach Reuben Eargle. “Leigha Hite's ERA of 1.38 is respectable but all too often we allowed four or more unearned runs. We have six starters returning, led by Jasamine Strother, who made the all-state team this year, and we look forward to changing to the very challenging region (3-2A) next year.”
Hite and Strother return as Gilbert gears up to moved into a much more demanding region with the likes of Batesburg-Leesville, Newberry, Mid-Carolina and Saluda. Hite handled all of the pitching load again for the Indians and had 104 strikeouts and just 14 walks in 112 innings of work, She also batted .306. Strother led the team with a .421 batting average and a .470 on-base percentage. She also topped the club with 29 runs scored, five home runs and eight steals.
Gilbert does take a significant graduation hit, however. Gone are catcher Savanah Greene (.397, 19 RBIs), third baseman Melissa Kyzer (.348, 17 runs, 17 RBIs) and Casey Anne Attaway.