2007-08 News Archive

SCC eliminated in third round of State Tournament

AUBURNDALE, Fla. - After finishing the 2007 season with an overall record of 37-23, going 12-11 in Mid-Florida Conference play, SCC's fastpitch softball team headed to the FCCAA Region VIII State Tournament for the seventh straight year, which took place this weekend at the Auburndale Softball Complex in Auburndale, Fla.

They defeated Brevard CC 4-3 Friday afternoon, May 4. This win advanced the team to the second round of the Tournament, slated for Friday night. After postponing the game late Friday night due to lightning and rain, the Raiders picked back up Saturday morning when they lost 3-0 to Santa Fe CC.

After the loss to SFCC, SCC moved on to play Florida Community College-Jacksonville and lost 3-2 on a two-run homerun in the bottom of the seventh.

Raiders fastpitch softball team headed to State Tournament for seventh straight year

SANFORD, Fla. - SCC's fastpitch softball team has qualified to advance to the FCCAA Region VIII State Tournament for the seventh straight year.

The Tournament will take place at the Auburndale Softball Complex in Auburndale, Fla. The Raiders will face the Southern Conference runner up Brevard CC in the first round on Friday, May 4 at 2 p.m. In four games against Brevard this season, the teams are 2-2.

SCC finished the 2007 season with an overall record of 37-23, going 12-11 in Mid-Florida Conference play. The Lady Raiders tied for second place in the Conference with Santa Fe CC.

For more information, including game times and a complete bracket, please visit the FCCAA Tournament website.

Raider baseball and softball players named to All-Conference Team
 
SANFORD, Fla. - Several SCC baseball and softball players were recently named to the All-Conference team for the Mid-Florida Conference.
The players are as follows:

Baseball

First Team
Rob Bryson
Tyler Cox
Johnny Monell
Adam Sprague
Second Team
Miguel Vasquez

Softball

First Team
Devin Higginbotham
Ashley Taylor
Missy Thogmartin
Second Team
April Donachie
Lindsey Jones
Honorable Mention
Rachael Larkins
Kristen Stewart
Kristian Mattox
Amanda Swarthout
Raiders split with Mid-Florida Conference Champs Santa Fe

SCC won game one of a doubleheader Tuesday, April 17 by a score of 3-0. In game two, SFCC reversed the score, winning 4-0.

Kristen Stewart earned the win in game one, giving up four hits and recorded two strikeouts. Lindsey Jones was 1-3 with a double in the win.

Amanda Swarthout recorded the loss in game two, giving up three earned runs on six hits. Devin Higginbotham came on in relief and gave up one earned run on one hit.

SCC shuts out Lake-Sumter CC in two games

SCC held Lake-Sumter scoreless Saturday, April 14 in a pair of games. The Raiders won by a score of 3-0 and 8-0 respectively.

Devin Higginbotham notched her eight win of the season, giving up only two hits and recording five strikeouts in game two.

Olivia Savage went 2-2 with a run scored. April Donachie went 1-3 with a run scored and a stolen base.

Addison Kling earned the win for the Raiders in game two, her sixth of the season. Kling gave up only three hits and recorded four strikeouts.

Savage went 4-4 with two runs scored, a stolen base and a double. Missy Thogmartin, Donachie and Rachael Larkins each hit doubles in the win, Donachie and Larkins also added a stolen base apiece.

Raiders split with Polk CC in pair of shutouts

SCC shut out Polk CC 3-0 in game one, only to be shutout 1-0 in game two Thursday, April 12.

Beth Laurence and Devin Higginbotham combined in the game, with Laurence earning the win and Higginbotham notching the save.

Ashley Taylor was 2-3 with a run scored and a stolen base. Missy Thogmartin went 2-3 with two RBI and Olivia Savage was also 2-3 with a run scored.

Amanda Swarthout received the loss in game two, giving up only four hits and one earned run, notching three strikeouts.

SCC wins against CFCC; second game called in tie due to rain

The Raiders defeated CFCC by a score of 3-0 Tuesday, April 10. The second game ended in a tie due to rain.

Amanda Swarthout earned the win, pitching seven innings. She gave up only two hits and recorded three strikeouts.

Missy Thogmartin went 2-3 with a homerun and two RBI. Lindsay Jones also had a homerun in the win and Ashley Taylor notched another stolen base.

Raiders lose by one to Lake City, then win by one in second game

SCC split a pair with Lake City Thursday, April 5. The Raiders lost game one by a score of 4-3 and won the second game 7-6.

Amanda Swarthout recorded the loss, pitching six innings and giving up four unearned runs on five hits with six strikeouts. Lindsay Jones was 1-2 with a homerun, while April Donachie was 1-3 with a run scored and a stolen base.

Kristin Stewart and Devin Higginbotham combined in game two with Higginbotham earning the win, her seventh of the season.

Missy Thogmartin was 2-3 with a double and three RBI. Ashley Taylor was 2-3 with two runs scored and three stolen bases.

St. Johns River takes two from SCC

SCC was unable to overcome St. Johns River CC, despite having a far better Conference record. The Raiders lost 4-2 in game one and 5-4 in the second game.

Devin Higginbotham took the loss in game one, pitching five innings and giving up four runs, one earned on seven hits. Amanda Swarthout came on in relief pitching one inning.

Kristin Stewart earned the loss in the second game, pitching six innings and giving up four hits and five runs, three earned.

Raiders split with Daytona Beach

SCC won the first game by a score of 4-1 as a result of another solid afternoon of pitching by freshman Devin Higginbotham. Amanda Swarthout struggled in the second game, which the Raiders lost 5-0.

Higginbotham pitched a complete game, giving up only one unearned run on four hits with three strikeouts. Kristian Mattox was 1-3 with a double and a run scored, while April Donachie was 1-3 with a run scored and an RBI.

Beth Laurence came on in relief of Swarthout in game two and held Daytona Beach to only two more hits.

SCC squeaks by FCCJ in game one; loses by 1 in game two

Evenly matched SCC and Florida CC-Jacksonville split a doubleheader Tuesday, March 27. The Raiders won 1-0 in the first game and lost 2-1 in the second.

Amanda Swarthout earned her sixth win of the season pitching a complete game and giving up only three hits in the shutout. She also recorded only one walk and five strikeouts.

Offensively for the Raiders, Lindsay Jones went 2-4 with a double and an RBI in the bottom of the seventh. After a Rachael Larkins double, Kristian Mattox came in to pinch run and scored the only run of the game after Jones' double.

The Raiders had the lead in game two thanks to a homerun by sophomore Caden Chasez through the sixth inning when FCCJ put two on the board.

Kristin Stewart got the loss in the effort, pitching 5-2 innings and giving up both runs on four hits. She also notched three strikeouts. Devin Higginbotham came on in relief, pitching 1.1 innings and recording two strikeouts.

SCC loses two to Santa Fe CC

Santa Fe CC overpowered SCC in a pair of games Thursday, March 22. The Raiders lost 5-1 in game one and 9-5 in game two.

Beth Laurence and Amanda Swarthout combined for the loss in the first contest. Laurence pitched 4 innings, giving up six hits and all five runs, each earned. Swarthout came on in relief, pitching two flawless innings.

Lindsay Jones was 1-3 in the game with a double, as was Rachel Larkins who also had an RBI.

Swarthout again came in to game two in relief of starting pitcher Devin Higginbotham, who pitched 3.2 innings, giving up nine runs on seven hits, only two of those earned. Swarthout was able to stop the attack, but the Raiders offense was unable to come back when Santa Fe posted a six run fourth inning.

Raiders host North Central Missouri; defeat them by a combined score of 19-3

SCC pounded North Central Missouri Tuesday, March 20 in a doubleheader by scores of 11-3 and 8-0.

Addison Kling recorded the win in game one while Kristen Stewart earned her sixth win of the season in game two.

Missy Thogmartin went 3-4 in the first game with a double, homerun and four RBI. Brittany McLaughlin went 2-4 with a double and two RBI.

In game two, Thogmartin was 3-3 with three RBI, while freshman Brooke Miner also went 3-3 with two RBI.

SCC splits with CFCC; Donachie hits two HR

The Raiders split a doubleheader with Central Florida CC Thursday, March 15 by scores of 5-2 and 10-2 respectively.

In game one, Devin Higginbotham recorded the loss, giving up eight hits, three earned runs and striking out two. Amanda Swarthout earned the win in game two, recording two strikeouts.

April Donachie was 3-4 with three runs scored, four RBI and two homeruns. She also had a stolen base in the win. Rachel Larkins was 2-4 with a homerun with three RBI.

Raiders improve to 5-1 in Conference after two wins over Lake City

SCC improved their record to 5-1 in Mid-Florida Conference play with a 3-0 and 8-2 win over Lake City CC Tuesday, March 13.

Devin Higginbotham recorded her fifth win of the season, giving up only two hits, one walk and notching five strikeouts.

In game two, Beth Laurence gave up only two runs (one earned) and recorded two strikeouts.

April Donachie had a stellar day, Donachie going 2-4 with a grand slam homerun and a stolen base, recording six RBI on the day.

SCC splits with Miami-Dade

The Raiders were unable to score a run in the first game against Miami Dade College Saturday, March 10, losing by a score of 1-0. However, in game two, the Raiders came back putting 14 runs on the board, winning by a score of 14-2.

Beth Laurence got the loss for SCC in game one. She gave up only four hits, three walks and recorded four strikeouts.

In game two, Kristen Stewart notched her fifth win of the season, while Caden Chasez went 3-3 with a double and three RBI. Missy Thogmartin was 2-3 with three runs scored and walk.

SCC defeats Broward CC in doubleheader

Broward CC was no match for the Raiders in either game of March 9's doubleheader. SCC won by a score of 7-1 in game one and 8-2 in game two.

Freshman Amanda Swarthout pitched seven flawless innings for SCC, giving up only one earned run and one hit while striking out five.

Ashley Taylor recorded another steal, pinch running for Kristian Mattox who was 3-4 with a run scored and an RBI. Caden Chasez recorded a triple, along with scoring a run and batting in three RBI.

Addison Kling recorded the win in game two, with Beth Laurence coming in to earn the save. April Donachie, Lindsay Jones and Ashley Taylor all recorded stolen bases in the win; Kristian Mattox recorded a double.

Raiders take two from St. Johns River CC

SCC took both games of a doubleheader against St. Johns River CC Thursday, March 8, dominating in the both games with a final score of 9-1 and 11-2.

Devin Higginbotham pitched six innings for the Raiders, giving up only five hits and striking out five. Sophomore April Donachie went 3-4 with a double, home run and two RBI.

Sophomore Kristen Stewart earned the win for SCC in game two with five innings of work. She gave up two runs on six hits, with two strikeouts.

Offensively, Caden Chasez went 2-3 with two doubles and an RBI. Missy Thogmartin was 3-3 with a double and three RBI.

Raiders split with Daytona Beach CC in first Conference series

Two runs were all it took for SCC to win game one of their doubleheader against Daytona Beach CC Tuesday, March 6. The Raiders weren't so fortunate in game two, losing by a score of 10-2.

Freshman Devin Higginbotham pitched seven innings of shut-out ball, giving up only four hits and striking out three. Missy Thogmartin was 1-4 with a homerun, while April Donachie recorded another stolen base.

Amanda Swarthout earned the loss in game two, pitching 3.2 innings and giving up seven hits and three earned runs. Beth Laurence came on in relief, pitching 1.1 innings. She gave up an additional seven hits and seven runs, three of those earned.

Kristin Stewart went 1-2 with a homerun and Heather Griggs was 1-3 with an RBI.

SCC defeats Palm Beach CC 8-0; Stewart pitches no-hitter

SCC defeated Palm Beach CC after six innings in the Raiders final game of the Polk CC Tournament. Kristen Stewart recorded the win for SCC, tossing the first no-hitter for the Raiders this season.

Stewart gave up only three walks and struck out six in the win. April Donachie was 2-4 with two runs scored and two stolen bases. Lindsey Jones hit her second home run of the season, her first came only a few hours earlier against Grand Rapids CC. Rachael Larkins and Olivia Savage each had a stolen base in the game; Larkins went 2-4 on the day with a run scored and Savage was 0-2 with a run scored. Kristian Mattox was 2-4 with two runs scored and a double.

SCC scores three in the seventh to win against Grand Rapids CC

It was a 0-0 game until the bottom of the seventh when SCC manufactured three runs to win against Grand Rapids CC. Freshman Devin Higginbotham held the Michigan team scoreless through seven, giving up only eight hits, walking one and striking out seven.

In the bottom of the seventh, the Raiders offensive luck finally turned with a single by Maggie Allen and successful bunt by Brooke Miner, advancing Allen to second. April Donachie hit into a fielder's choice, throwing Allen out and advancing Miner to second. However, it took only one swing of the bat by freshman Lindsey Jones to bring the winning three runs across the plate. The home run was Jones' first on the season and the first of her college career.

Raiders put 16 on the board in victory over St. Claire CC

The Raiders stopped their losing streak in the Polk CC Tournament by posting a season-high 16 runs on 18 hits. Sophomore Addison Kling got the win in a game that was called after five innings.

Kling gave up only one hit and two runs, one of those earned and struck out eight.

Sophomore April Donachie was an impressive 4-4 on the day with two runs scored and four RBIs. She added another stolen base and a double. Missy Thogmartin was 2-3 with two runs scored and an RBI, adding a double of her own, as well as freshman Maggie Allen who went 2-3 with three runs scored and a double.

SCC loses close game to St. Petersburg College

In SCC's second game in the Polk Tournament, the Raiders fell short 3-2 to St. Petersburg. Amanda Swarthout got the loss, pitching six innings, giving up only four hits and striking out four.

Sophomore April Donachie went 2-3 with a run scored and three stolen bases. Missy Thogmartin was 2-2 with a run scored and two RBI.

Raiders fall 7-4 in first game of Polk CC Tournament

Beth Laurence recorded the loss in the first game of Friday, March 2's Polk CC Tournament against Gulf Coast CC. Laurence gave up 13 hits and six of the seven runs scored were earned.

Offensively for the Raiders, April Donachie was 1-4 with a run scored and Brooke Miner was 1-3 with a run scored and an RBI.

SCC splits with Brevard CC
 
The Raiders split a Thursday afternoon doubleheader with Brevard CC March 1 by a score of 3-0 (Brevard) in the first game and 7-2 (SCC) in the second.

Beth Laurence pitched a complete game in the loss, giving up eight hits, three runs, two earned runs and striking out four. The bats were quite for the Raiders as no runs crossed home plate. Heather Griggs was 2-3 with a single and a double.

The Raiders bats woke up in game two putting nine hits on the board and scoring seven runs. Sophomore Kristen Stewart held Brevard to two unearned runs on four hits, striking out two.

April Donachie was 2-3 with three runs scored and a stolen base, Lindsey Jones was 2-4 with a run scored and two RBIs and Missy Thogmartin was 1-2 with a walk and two runs scored.

Raiders drop two to Miami Dade CC

SCC lost two to Miami Dade College Saturday, February 25 by a score of 3-2 and 4-3.

Amanda Swarthout got her first loss of the season pitching seven innings and giving up five hits, three runs, two earned runs and recording five strikeouts.

April Donachie was 1-3 with a run scored and a homerun, while Missy Thogmartin was also 1-3, as was Mandi Brown who also scored a run.

Devin Higginbotham recorded the loss in game two with a complete game. She gave up four hits, four runs, three earned and one walk, notching six strikeouts.

Offensively, April Donachie was 2-3 with a run scored, an RBI and two stolen bases. Missy Thogmartin was 1-2 with a double and a walk.

SCC knocks off No. 1 Indian River 2-0 and 15-6

The Raiders improved their record to 3-1 against No. 1 Indian River Saturday, Feb. 24. The Raiders won in the eighth inning 2-0 in game one and came back in game two putting 15 runs on the board to IRCC's six.

In game one of the doubleheader, Beth Laurence improved to 3-0 on the season pitching eight innings of shut-out ball. She gave up only three hits, two walks and struck out two.

The scored was tied 0-0 through eight innings until SCC's Rachael Larkins hit her first home run of the season, scoring Brooke Miner who was pinch running for Missy Thogmartin. Larkins was 3-4 on the day.

Ashley Taylor and April Donachie each earned another stolen base in the win.

Indian River was no match for SCC in game two, despite posting an early 5-3 lead in the first four innings. SCC rallied in the fifth scoring eight more and tacked on another four in the sixth before the game was called.

Addison Kling earned the win in game two with five innings of work. She allowed 11 hits and all six of IRCC's runs, five of those earned and recorded one walk and one strikeout. Kristen Stewart came on in relief, pitching one inning and gave up only one hit and one walk.

Kristian Mattox was 3-4 in the game with one run scored and an RBI. Taylor was 2-4 with two runs scored and two RBI while Donachie went 3-5 with two runs scored and an impressive four RBI and a double. Heather Griggs was 1-4 on the day with one run scored and three RBI. Missy Thogmartin was 2-4 scoring two runs of her own and Maggie Allen was 2-4 with a run scored and two RBI. Lindsey Jones was 1-2 with three runs scored and an RBI, walking twice.

SCC splits doubleheader with Brevard CC

SCC fastpitch softball split a doubleheader with Brevard CC Thursday, Feb. 22.The Raiders won the first game 4-2 and lost the second 7-5. At the time Brevard was ranked No. 10 in the state.

Freshman Amanda Swarthout recorded her fourth win of the season, pitching a complete game. She gave up eight hits and two runs, both earned, while striking out four and walking one.

Offensively for the Raiders, Ashley Taylor went 1-3, scoring two runs and recording two stolen bases. April Donachie was 1-2 with one run scored and an RBI. Freshman Lindsey Jones was 2-3 with a run scored.

Devin Higginbotham got the loss in game two, pitching 3.2 innings and giving up five hits and six runs, none of those earned. She struck out three. Beth Laurence came on in relief pitching 2.1 innings and gave up only one hit, one run and one earned run while walking three and striking out two.

The Raiders took the early lead, scoring three in the third inning, but gave up six runs in the fourth. SCC tacked on two more runs in the fifth but it was not enough to overcome Brevard.

April Donachie was 3-4 on the day with a stolen base and two runs scored. Missy Thogmartin went 3-4 with a run scored and an RBI and freshman Heather Griggs was 1-4 with a run scored.

SCC defeated Hillsborough CC in both games Sunday afternoon, Feb. 18 by a score of 9-0 and 5-4 respectively.

Sophomore Addison Kling got the win in game one, called after five innings. She held Hillsborough to only five hits and added four strikeouts.

Sophomore Caden Chasez was 4-5 with a homerun and and RBI, while Heather Griggs went 2-3 with four RBIs. Mandi Brown and Kristian Mattox both recorded a double and Missy Thogmartin notched two RBIs.

Kristen Stewart started game two for the Raiders and pitched five innings, giving up four hits, one run, one earned run and recorded six strikeouts. Amanda Swarthout came on in relief and recorded her second win of the season, tossing three innings, giving up only one run and three hits and recorded three strikeouts.

SCC scored the winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning with two outs on a wild pitch. SCC was down going into the seventh until sophomore April Donachie led off the with a homerun, tying the score at 4-4.

Donachie was 2-4 on the day with two homeruns and three RBI. Ashley Taylor went 2-4 with two stolen bases, while Brittany McLaughlin was 2-3 with two doubles and an RBI.

The Raiders next game is Thursday, Feb. 22 at Brevard CC in Palm Bay, Fla. The doubleheader will begin at 2 p.m. SCC's next home game is Saturday, Feb. 24 against Indian River CC. First pitch in the doubleheader is slated for 1 p.m.

Raiders take two from Hillsborough CC

The Raiders defeated Hillsborough CC in both games of a doubleheader Valentine's Day night in Plant City.  The Raiders won by a score of 8-5 in the first game and 7-4 in the second.

Sophomore Beth Laurence got the win in game one, despite giving up nine hits in 5.1 innings pitched. Of the five runs scored, only one was earned. Freshman Amanda Swarthout came on in relief, earning a save. In her 1.2 innings of work, Swarthout struck out three batters.

Sophomore Ashley Taylor was on fire for the Raiders, going 4-5 with an RBI. April Donachie was 1-4 with two RBI and two runs scored while Mandi Brown and Caden Chasez each went 2-4 with Brown hitting a double, batting in two runs and scoring two of her own.

Kristen Stewart recorded the win in game two, pitching 6.1 innings. The Raiders led 7-0 until the sixth when Stewart gave up Hillsborough's four runs, two of which were earned. Stewart struck out two in the game and gave up only six hits. Amanda Swarthout came in early in the sixth, earning another save.

April Donachie and Ashley Taylor continued their strong hitting from game one with Donachie going 3-4 with two RBI and two stolen bases. Taylor was 2-3 with three runs scored and three stolen bases. Freshman Kristian Mattox also had an impressive showing, going 2-4 with a triple and an RBI.

Heather Griggs was 2-4 in the game with an RBI and Brittany McLaughlin was 1-3 with an RBI.

Raiders fastpitch faces Hillsborough again Sunday, Feb. 18 in the team's home opener in a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m.

SCC splits doubleheader with No. 1 Indian River

SCC took on No. 1 ranked Indian River CC Saturday, February 10. The Raiders won the first game by a score of 4-1 and lost the second game 5-1.

Freshman Amanda Swarthout pitched a complete game, earning her second win of the season. She gave up only four hits, one run, one earned run and only walked two batters. She also had two strikeouts in the win.

As for the SCC offense, Heather Griggs went 1-4 with one run scored, Kristian Mattox was 3-3 with an RBI and Rachael Larkins was 1-2 with an RBI and a run scored.

The Raiders did not fare as well in game two, losing by a score of 5-1. Freshman Devin Higginbotham got the loss with 4.1 innings pitched. She gave up four runs, two earned with five hits, two walks and three strikeouts. Sophomore Beth Laurence came in, pitching 1.2 innings of relief and gave up three hits, one run and struck out a batter.

April Donachie was 1-3, as was Missy Thogmartin, with a double. Kristian Mattox went 1-1 and Cadan Chasez had an RBI.

The Raiders next game is against Hillsborough CC, Thursday, Feb. 15. The doubleheader will begin at 5 p.m.

Raiders lose two

SCC was no match for Polk CC Tuesday, February 6 losing both games of a doubleheader, 7-3 in game one and 6-5 in game two.

In the first game sophomore Addison Kling recorded the loss with 4.1 innings pitched. She gave up 10 hits and seven runs with three of those earned. She also recorded three walks and one strikeout. Devin Higginbotham came on in relief, pitching 1.2 innings and recorded three strikeouts.

Ashley Taylor led the offensive charge going 2-4 with one run scored and two stolen bases. April Donachie went 1-3 with one run scored while Heather Griggs went 2-3 with two RBI. Mandi Brown went 1-3 with an RBI and Kristian Mattox was 1-4.

Sophomore Kristen Stewart got the loss for the Raiders, pitching 6.2 innings with five hits, six runs, two earned runs. She notched three strikeouts with seven walks.

Offensively for the Raiders, Missy Thogmartin went 2-4 with a double and two runs. Heather Griggs went 1-4 with a triple and 2 RBI while Lindsey Jones also recorded a triple, going 2-3 in the game. Maggie Allen went 1-3 with a triple and one RBI and Mandi Brown was 1-4 with a run and an RBI.

SCC vs. Hillsborough CC Game Change

SCC's game against Hillsborough CC scheduled for Thursday, February 15 has been moved to Wednesday, February 14. Game time will remain the same, with the doubleheader beginning at 5 p.m. in Plant City.

SCC notches third victory

The Raiders shut out Tallahassee CC in the fourth game of the St. Petersburg Tournament Saturday, Feb. 3. Freshman Devin Higginbotham recorded the win, pitching a complete game and giving up only four hits.

Sophomore Ashley Taylor went 2-3 with two doubles and Missy Thogmartin went 1-3 with an RBI. Rachael Larkins was 2-3 with a double in the win.

The Raiders have a few days off, traveling to Winter Haven to take on Polk CC Tuesday, Feb. 6. Game time is 4 p.m. with the second game following at 6 p.m.

Raiders top Pensacola

SCC dominated Pensacola CC, winning 7-4 in the third game of the St. Petersburg Tournament Saturday, Feb. 3. Sophomore Beth Laurence earned the win giving up only six hits with one earned run and struck out two. Sophomores Ashley Taylor, April Donachie and Missy Thogmartin led the offense with the help of freshman Rachel Larkins.

Taylor went 2-4 with three stolen bases and two runs scored. Donachie was 2-3 with a triple and an RBI while Thogmartin went 2-2 with a double and two RBIs. Larkins also went 2-3 with a double and an RBI.

SCC drops one to Georgia Perimeter

Sophomore Addison Kling was the pitcher of record in SCC's first loss of the season, by a score of 3-1 against Georgia Perimeter College. Kling went five innings and gave up three hits with one earned run.

Freshman Brittany McLaughlin went 2-3 with a double and an RBI. Heather Griggs went 1-3 with a triple and sophomore Ashley Taylor went 2-4.

Raiders begin 2007 season with victory

SCC opened the 2007 season with a win over South Florida CC by a score of 8-6. Amanda Swarthout went four innings giving up only two hits. Freshman Devin Higginbotham earned the save.

Olivia Savage went 3-3 with a double and two RBI; Kristian Mattox went 3-3 with two RBI. April Donachie and Heather Griggs also went 2-4 with Griggs batting in a run.

2007 Softball Season Preview

The 2007 Raiders softball team begins the season with high hopes of making their annual trip to the state tournament in May. Under the leadership of Head Coach Courtney Miller, who eclipsed the 500-win mark last season, the 2007 squad shows more power at the plate and more speed in the field, and, with the two leading hitters from 2006 returning, as well as the full pitching staff, the goal of playing in their seventh straight state tournament is certainly within reach.

In the Circle

The pitching staff is the strongest unit of the 2007 team. Returning starters Kristen Stewart, Addison Kling and Beth Laurence led the team last season, each with an ERA below 2.60. Stewart boasted a 2.19 ERA with a team-leading 33 appearances and 13 wins. Laurence posted an impressive 1.42 ERA in Mid-Florida Conference play with 10 wins while Kling notched 13 wins on the season.

Joining these veterans are freshmen Devin Higginbotham and Amanda Swarthout. Higginbotham showed tremendous consistency throughout the fall season and will make an immediate impact in the rotation. Left-handed Swarthout adds an additional dimension to the talented pitching staff.

Behind the Plate

Three freshmen will share the duties of catcher and despite lacking collegiate game experience, they will be expected to contribute immediately. Maggie Allen, Brittany McLaughlin and Kristian Mattox, who will also spend time in the outfield, will share the position behind the plate.>

Infield

Returning to anchor the infield are third baseman April Donachie, who batted .316 in 2006 and Missy Thogmartin, the vocal leader of the team, who started at both first base and shortstop as a freshman. Freshmen Heather Griggs and Aimee Tarte will both see playing time at second base with Mandi Brown and Lindsey Jones competing for shortstop. Brown will also fill in at third base when needed. Also looking for playing time in the infield is freshman Ashley Tabor who will be utilized for her bat as designated player.

Outfield

Sophomore All-American Ashley Taylor will anchor the outfield. Taylor was second in the nation with 75 stolen bases in 2006, as well as a team-leading .416 batting average and a team-record 82 singles. Joining Taylor is freshman Rachel Larkins, who will provide another strong bat in the Raider line-up and led the team in hitting during the fall season. Also competing for playing time will be sophomore Caden Chasez and freshmen Olivia Savage and Brooke Miner; additionally, utility players Lindsey Jones and Kristian Mattox will see playing time in the outfield.

Schedule

The month of February will be tough for the Raiders fastpitch team, playing 10 games against teams who all qualified for the state tournament, including 2006 Region VIII Atlantic Division Champions Indian River CC.

"The month of February will give the team hard tests right off the bat," Miller said.

In Conference play the Raiders will face a tough schedule as well, with Daytona Beach CC and Santa Fe CC emerging as Conference stand-outs.

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