Marvin Ridge’s softball team picked up where it left off last season after a runner-up finish in the Southern Carolinas and third round playoff appearance.
Coach Jeff Stovall has another talented team that should contend for a conference title and make another deep postseason run.
The Mavericks have jumped out to a 6-2 (1-0 Southern Carolinas) start. The record is impressive after Stovall challenged his team with a difficult nonconference slate that includes the likes of Providence and Metrolina Christian to complement an arduous league gauntlet.
Marvin Ridge is playing at a high level despite its youth. The Mavericks only have three seniors on their roster, which includes three juniors, five sophomores and two freshmen.
Stovall is getting outstanding efforts at the plate from a bevy of big-time batters. Sophomore Gabby Baylog (.552 batting average), sophomore Jessica Davis (.519 batting average), senior Celina Lombardo (.462 batting average) and sophomore Taylor Walker (.435 batting average) are swinging the sticks at a high level. They are making contact, putting the ball into play, advancing and scoring runners.
Baylog also has been outstanding on the mound as Marvin Ridge’s ace pitcher. She has confounded opposing batters with her 0.95 ERA and 6-1 record.
Marvin Ridge visits A.L. Brown on Thursday, March 23, at 5:30 p.m.