Predators split opening two games

  • Thursday, March 6, 2014

Staff Photo by Scott Rodgers Hannah Culpepper slides in right before the tag against Midland Valley.


Fox Creek’s softball team was undone by one big Midland Valley inning.

The Predators fell in their second game as part of the Palmetto Classic to the host Mustangs, 6-3. On Friday night, Fox Creek beat South Aiken in their season opener, also at Midland Valley, 6-3.

Against the T-Breds, Fox Creek was led by Hannah Culpepper, who went 2-for-4 with a double, three RBIs and two runs scored from the leadoff spot. Morgan Matthews went 2-for-3 with one RBI and Betty Vignati went 2-for-4 with a double and one RBI. Freshman pitcher Jada Simpson gave up four hits and three unearned runs.

The Mustangs proved to be a more difficult foe, though, as they jumped on Fox Creek’s fielding mistakes with a four-run second inning. Simpson held the Mustangs to one earned run in the loss and went 2-for-4 from the plate, but it wasn’t enough. Erin Harrison went 2-for-3 and Culpepper went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and a double.

“Midland Valley played very well and we just made several mental mistakes,” head coach David Bell said. “We had a lot of young mistakes. They’re going to get better, we just have to keep being patient. If we can come out here and play with a team that is as good as Midland Valley it should bode well for 1A ball.”

Bell’s lineup features just two seniors (Nicole Gibson and Sabrina Ladousier), three juniors (Culpepper, Harrison and Harley Muniz), three sophomores (Matthews, Vignati and Emily Lingerfelt) and Simpson as the lone freshman.

“Jada is really tough; she’s mentally strong and she’s going to fight when she has the ball,” Bell said. “She’s doing everything you can ask from a freshman in the circle.”

Fox Creek’s next game was scheduled for Tuesday against Barnwell at 5 p.m. The team will be off until Friday against North Augusta at 7 p.m. They will then wrap up the tournament on Saturday, playing at 11 a.m., 1 or 3 p.m. depending on outcomes. All games will take place at Midland Valley High School.

Scott Rodgers is the news editor at The North Augusta Star and has been with the paper since January 2013. Follow him on Twitter @NAStarRodgers.

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