The beat goes on for the Brookland-Cayce softball program.
The Bearcats lost four outstanding players to graduation, but the expectations remain as high as usual. The reason is simple: B-C returns a solid core of proven players and welcomes of few outstanding prospects to the fold.
Last year, the Bearcats went 29-5 and advanced to the finals of the Class 3A Lower State championship tournament. B-C’s goal is to be even better in 2011 – which is not an unattainable one.
It starts in the circle, and the Bearcats have one of the top pitchers in the state in junior Chandler Terrapin, the mainstay since her seventh-grade season. Last season Terrapin went 22-5 with a 1.10 ERA and hit .434 with 11 doubles, seven home runs, 22 runs scored and 34 RBIs. She was the Region 5-3A player of the year and an all-state selection.
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Senior Asia Benn (.286, 16 runs) is back in center field, senior M.C. Smith (.347, 17 RBIs, 31 runs) moves from second base to shortstop, slick fielding Kimberley Owens moves in at second base, freshman Brooke Owens (.300, 16 RBIs, 20 runs) moved behind the plate and freshman Holly Helms (.333, 25 RBIs, 24 runs) is back in right field.
The projected new starters are eight-grader Whitney Jacobs at third base, either junior Chelsea Lee or sophomore Seanacee Sharpe at first base and senior Brittany Bush in left field.
Freshman Amanda Corley (OF), eighth-grader Caroline Heaton (OF) and seventh-grader Hannah Sharpe (OF/1B) are also in the mix for playing time.
The Bearcats have a good test right off the bat tonight (March 8) in its Region 5-3A opener against highly regarded Chapin.