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Notebook: RHHS’s Singletary 3rd at state track meet; THA falls in softball tourney

  • Janine Wilson/Special to Jasper County Sun Times Lenasia Singletary, center, and teammate Kera Robinson competed at Saturday’s SCHSL Class AAA state championship track meet in Columbia. Singletary finished third in the girls 100-meter and 200-meter dashes. Robinson took fourth in the 100 dash (12.92).

Lenasia Singletary’s a state track medalist for the second straight year.

At Saturday’s SCHSL Class AAA state championship meet in Columbia, Ridgeland-Hardeeville High’s Singletary finished third in the girls 100-meter and 200-meter dashes.

Singletary, a sophomore, finished the 100 dash in 12.71, behind winner Kennedy Dennis of Berea (12.12) and second-place finisher Anastasia Kinlaw (12.60).

RHHS teammate Kera Robinson took fourth in the 100 dash (12.92).

Singletary had qualified for the 100 dash with a time of 12.44 in the Lower State meet.

In the 200, Singletary raced to third in 25.85. She was behind winner Dennis (24.62) and Kinlaw (25.61).

Singletary qualified for the state final in the 200 by running a 25.43 in the Lower State meet. Last year, Singletary was third in the Class AA state 100 dash (12.25) and second in the 200 dash (25.37)

THA softball loses 2 at SCISA playoffs

Thomas Heyward’s softball season ended Friday at the SCISA Class AA state softball tournament.

The Rebels (15-13) opened the tournament in Sumter with a 6-1 loss to Pee Dee. Pee Dee had a four-run third inning.

Hannah Cannon had a hit and a run for the Rebels. Danielle Dudley had a hit and an RBI.

Alayna DeLong and Bailey Brown each had a hit.

Cheyenne Strong tossed four innings, allowed four earned runs and struck out three.

Thomas Heyward then lost 12-6 to R.E. Lee in a losers’ bracket contest. THA took a quick 1-0 lead in the first inning, but R.E. Lee scored four in the second and four in the fourth to build a 9-2 lead.

The Rebels had 11 hits. Ivy Bryan was 3 for 3 with a run; Bayli Belger was 2 for 3 with a run; and Strong had a hit and three RBI.

Jana Christian, Mikayla Blanton, Brown, DeLong and Cannon each had a hit. Cannon and Bryan also walked twice. Strong allowed eight earned runs and struck out six in five innings. Dudley tossed two innings and allowed two runs.

The playoff defeat marks the first time since 2013 that THA won’t appear in the state championship series.

THA had several players honored as all-Region 4-AA: Bryan (.506 BA, .589 OBP, .784 SLG, 3 HR, 43 RBI), Cannon (.448 BA, .678 SLG, 3 HR), Strong (11-11, 2.59 ERA, .362 BA), DeLong (.312 BA, .488 OBP, 14 SB) and Blanton (.311 BA, 17 runs).

Bryan was also named the region’s player of the year.

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