After getting off to a 0-4 start, the Gilbert softball team has turned things around in Region 3-2A play. The Indians defeated Mid-Carolina 8-5 on Tuesday maintain a share of first place, and set up Friday’s first-place showdown with likewise 3-0 in-conference Saluda at the Tigers field.
Pitcher Leigha Hite allowed eight hits and just two earned runs vs. Mid-Carolina, fanning 10 Rebels while issuing no walks. Hite has allowed only two earned runs in three region outings to date, and stands at 3-3 with a 1.23 ERA overall. She has 45 strikeouts and just six walks in 40 innings of work.
Victoria Burkett, Jasmine Strother and Maddie Berkheimer were the big guns vs. Mid-Carolina, and all three have carried the offensive load in region play so far. Burkett went 3-for-3, including a triple, with three runs and two RBIs. Strother was 2-for-3 with two runs and one RBI. Berkheimer was 1-for-2 with a walk and scored twice. Burkett is 6-for-12 with five runs and three RBIs in conference outings, Strother is 6-for-12 with five runs and four RBIs and Berkheimer is 4-for-9 with four runs and two RBIs.
Gibert opened the 3-2A campaign last week with a 2-0 win over Batesburg-Leesville and ace pitcher Victoria Gunter. Hite tossed a 3-hit shutout, and Courtney Frye delivered the key hit – a two-run double.