Dorchester Academy 15
Clarendon Hall 0 (3 INN.)
SUMTER – The Dorchester Academy softball team swept all 3 of its games in in the South Carolina Independent School Association Class A State Softball Tournament at Sumter's Patriot Park, including Saturday's 15-0 shutout of Clarendon Hall in just 3 innings of play.
The early-afternoon win punched the Lady Raiders' ticket to play for their third consecutive state championship, in a best-of-three series that will begin at home on Monday at 6:30 p.m. against Wardlaw Academy.
The Lady Raiders outscored their 3 opponents in state tournament play by a 40-2 combined total.
On Saturday, Payton Jackson got the start for DA and turned in an impressive 3-inning outing in the circle, striking out 7 and allowing just a single hit.
The Raider bats came alive early, racking up 13 hits throughout the 3-inning contest.
Ashlyn Lynch led Dorchester at the plate, going 3-for-3, while Savanna Shelton, Grace Judy, Hannah Reeves and Laura Singletary each added 2 hits.
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Dorchester Academy's baseball team, also the two-time defending state champion in SCISA Class A play, will begin its best-of-three state championship series at home on Monday at 6:30 p.m. against Richard Winn Academy.
Both DA teams will take to the road on Tuesday to play at the home field of their opponents. If needed, a third game in either series will be held at a neutral site field on Thursday.
The South Carolina Independent Schools Association (SCISA) is looking to add volleyball officials to its staff for the 2019 season.
Anyone who is a veteran official or wants to become an official is asked to contact Teddy Weeks, SCISA district director, at TWeeks51@aol.com or 803-446-3379.
There will be several mandatory meetings in early August, with both classroom and on-the-court teaching. SCISA will train new officials, but all must be able to attend meetings. Volleyball matches begin at 4 p.m. during the season.