MCCS Softball Team Attends Conference Championship

Screen shot 2014-04-17 at 2.35.30 PMThe Broncos Softball team had a successful season. The team consisted of 3 eighth graders (Hailey Crosby, Hailey Deihl and McKenzie Miller), 4 seventh graders (Iesha Aikens, Laila Dickey, Kaylee Groover and Amber Reed), 5 sixth graders (Abi Annett, Kenyia Davis, Cali Dyal, Hope Underhill and Savannah Wilford), and two managers (Esther Oro, eighth grade and Kelley Crosby, sixth grade). The Head Coach was Matt Replogle and the Assistant Coach was Kim Gore.
The Broncos started off strong in February with three victories. The first game was in Lake City against Richardson. The Broncos scored nine quick runs in the first inning and never looked back for a final score of Broncos 26 – Richardson 4. The entire team contributed and Dickey led the way offensively with three hits. Groover, Reed and Deihl added two hits each. Next, Taylor County came to Madison for a conference game.  The Broncos jumped on them quickly, scoring 10 runs in the first two innings, with the final being Broncos 14- Taylor County 4. Annett gave up two unearned runs and zero earned runs in four innings. Dickey, Deihl and Crosby led the way at the plate with two hits each. Game three had Governors Charter School come to Madison. The girls again jumped on the opponent early, scoring nine runs in the first inning on their way to a 21-4 victory. Offensively, Underhill, Reed, Davis and Wilford had two hits each with Miller leading the way with three knocks. The game ended with a shocking triple play to end February with a 3-0 record.
The Broncos started off March with Aucilla coming to visit. The visiting team jumped on the Broncos to go up 13-2 in the second inning. The Broncos never gave up and fought back to win the game 24-14 and go to 4-0. Reed led the team with four hits, while Deihl and Dickey added two each. Lake City was the next opponent at home. The Broncos fell down early, 1-9, but fought their way back to be down by three runs. Lake City had too much at the end and pulled away for a win 6-15. Annett, Deihl and Dickey led the way with two hits each.  Next the Broncos traveled to Live Oak to face conference rival Suwannee. It was a tight game until the last inning with the Broncos being defeated 2-12. Annett led the way with two hits. The Broncos now standing at 4-2, looking to get back to the winning ways, were set to face Suwannee in a rematch at home. Annett pitched an excellent game only giving up three hits, while Aikens was a star in left with eight putouts. Dickey led the way with two doubles and three RBIs.
The Broncos now stood 5-2 and were ready to start playing again in April after having several game cancellations due to the weather. Their first game was a trip to Lake City. Wilford pitched a great game only giving up two earned runs but the team fell 0-7.  Next they traveled to Perry for a rematch with Taylor County. The team needed a win to reach the Championship Game and came through with a 10-4 victory. Annett again pitched an excellent game giving up only one run in five innings. Miller led the team with three hits and Groover chipped in with two.
The Broncos earned the right to host the Florida Star Conference Championship game on Thursday April 10. The Broncos gave up seven unearned runs in the first inning, but never gave up. The team played hard to the end but fell 1-11. The Broncos ended the season 6-3 and look to build on their accomplishments next year with nine returning players. The school and coaches are extremely proud of the team and look forward to next year.
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Rose Klein

Written by Rose Klein