Tonight’s Region 5-4A softball showdown between White Knoll and Lexington has been cancelled. No make-up date has been set, said White Knoll coach Joey Lawson.
Lexington, which missed the state playoff cut last season for the first time in memory, is off to a great start with a 10-1 overall record and a 5-0 region mark after beating defending champion North Augusta, 7-2, on Tuesday.
White Knoll stands at 8-2 overall, and is also 5-0 in region matters.
The threat of heavy rain during the day compelled the decision. Lawson also did not want to have to play such a key game in less than optimum conditions. The Timberwolves beat Brookland-Cayce 7-1 in a non-region outing in the rain on Wednesday.
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Tonight was going to mark the return of star Codee Yeske to the WK lineup. The slugging shortstop tweaked a hamstring last week while stealing second base against Irmo, and has not played since the mishap, missing all five WK games at the Lexington Invitational tournament over the weekend and two games this week.
“She probably could have played the other night (against Brookland-Cayce), but it was a non-region game and it was raining, so I decided to hold her our again,” said Lawson. “It turned out to be a great opportunity for other girls to step up and contribute without Codee and they’ve done a great job.”
Yeske got off to something of a slow start, even through she hit a home run in the first game of the season, but was finding the groove when she went on the shelf. She is batting .312 with a 1.040 OPS with two home runs and seven RBs in just 16 official at bat.
Otherwise, Nicole Stancil and Sabrina McCray have been hitting well. Stancil sports a .458 batting mark and a 1.048 OPS with seven runs scored. McCray, playing more of late, is hitting .462 with four RBIs in 13 at bats. Kali Bishop is hitting .290 with 10 runs scored and five RBIs. Lydia Trexler is batting .276 with eight runs scored. Sara Eisenhower and Brittany Williamson have been productive despite relatively low batting averages. Eisenhower is batting just .242 but has scored seven runs and leads the team with nine RBIs. Williamson, at .243, shares the team lead with Bishop with 10 runs scored.
The strength of the team to date has been pitching. Shelley Jeffcoat is 7-1 with a microscopic 0.27 ERA. She has 66 strikeouts and just five walks in 52 innings of work, allowing only 25 hits. Kaylin White is 2-1 with a 1.37 ERA with 27 strikeouts in 20 innings in the circle.