Seven seniors on Berkeley High School’s softball team were part of their third straight region championship season on Friday.
The Lady Stags completed a perfect run through the region slate with a 6-2 victory over visiting Cane Bay on senior night in Moncks Corner. Berkeley finished 10-0 against Region 7-AAAAA foes and is a top seed for the Class 5A playoffs, which begin on April 25.
“It took all of us from top to bottom — every single player and every single coach — putting everything we had into every single day,” BHS coach Kelley Dillon said. “We talked to them about not taking a single day off. We were able to achieve our goal (of a region championship) by utilizing our team to the fullest.”
On Friday, Berkeley took control in its first two at-bats, scoring three runs in the first and two runs in the second to lead 5-1.
Leadoff hitter Jersey Silver led the way for the Lady Stags, going 3 for 3 with a two-run home run in the second inning. Gracie Decuir knocked in two runs with a triple and double.
Inside the circle, Decuir went the distance and struck out seven batters. Cane Bay had five hits and one earned run.
The seniors in the twilight of their prep careers are pitcher Raelee Brabham, catcher Haylee Wilkerson, outfielder Morgan Grady, outfielder McKenna Anderson, outfielder Alexus Shreve, infielder Savannah Whetzel and outfielder Brooklynn Stueness.
“Being that this is my third year in the program, some of the seniors were on the JV team my first year,” Dillon said. “They’ve developed as players and young women. I’m very excited about this group. You can feel the love they have for one another. They have each other’s backs. That’s special. If there is a group that can take (Berkeley) to the next level it would be this group right here.”
The Lady Stags host the third-place team from Region 4-AAAAA (likely Spring Valley or Sumter) in their first District VII tournament game and face either the No. 2 seed from Region 5-AAAAA (Lexington) or No. 3 seed from Region 6-AAAAA (St. James) in their second game.
The winner of the four-team, double-elimination tournament advances to the Lower State final four, which begins on May 4.
The District VII winner opens Lower State at home.
“We’ve had several games that helped prepare us for the playoffs,” Dillon said. “We think we will be competitive no matter who we come up against.”