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Cramer softball off to 3-0 start

Mar 12, 2020 12:06PM

Stuart Cramer Storm softball coach Matt Scholz confers with Riley Stewart (L) Emma Donaldson (M) and Delani Wilson (R) during a break against South Rowan.

By John Wilson

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The 2020 high school softball season is well underway and  in Cramerton the Stuart Cramer Storm have gotten off to a fantastic start. 

Three games into the season and Cramer is undefeated at 3-0.

So far this year, Cramer has bested South Rowan 8-1, Challenger Early College 14-4 and Bessemer City 6-2.

In the first game of the year, the Storm hosted the South Rowan Lady Raiders.

Freshman Emma Donaldson got the start and pitched one inning before being relieved by fellow freshman Payton Conroy.

Conroy pitched for six innings and during her time on the mound she gave South Rowan fits whiffing 13 batters in the first win of her high school career.

In addition to pitching a great game, Conroy showed she can swing a bat as well going one for four with a home run and an RBI.

Also turning in solid batting performances were Emma Donaldson and Madison Freeman. 

Donaldson went one for three with an RBI while Freeman went one for three with a double.

Next up for the Storm was another home game. This time against Challenger Early College.

Emma Donaldson got to start and didn’t disappoint.

Donaldson delivered the goods by striking out 10 batters and only giving up one run on her way to pitching a complete game.

At the plate, catcher, Braley Hamilton was on fire.

Hamilton went four-for-four at the plate as she belted out two doubles and a pair of RBIs. As if that weren’t enough, the sophomore catcher also stole a base and scored four runs.

In addition to Hamilton swinging the heavy bat, Madison Freeman, and Peyton Conroy turned in a pair of solid offensive performances as well.

Freeman went two for three with a double end and three runs scored while Conroy went three for five with two doubles, a triple and four RBIs.

Cramer notched their third win of the season against Bessemer City.

The Storm went with Payton Conroy on the mound and the freshman stayed on top of things for seven innings. 

Conroy earned the win by striking out 15 Yellowjacket batters and only giving up two runs.

In the batting department, Andrea Detweiler went two for two with three RBIs while Braley Hamilton was two for three with an RBI of her own.

Cramer has definitely started the year on a roll. The Storm seem to playing well, running with a roster filled with veteran players and up and coming underclassmen including two freshmen pitchers Peyton Conroy and Emma Donaldson.

Donaldson and Conroy have definitely played well so far.

“Our pitching is leading the way,” head coach Matt Scholz said. “Our freshmen are playing very well.”

In addition to some solid pitching, Cramer has been playing smart heads up softball.

“Along with the pitching, the things that have kept us in the game are things like situational hitting and situational base running,” Scholz said. “That includes sac flies and bunting at appropriate times.”

In addition to Donaldson and Conroy, another underclassman that is making an early impact is sophomore catcher Braley Hamilton.

Hamilton is showing solid skills as both a solid defensive player and a potent offensive weapon.

“Our catcher Braley Hamilton is really leading the way,” coach Scholz added. “She is hitting .700 in the last three games.”

This week the Storm will have to ratchet thing up to the next level as they take on Kings Mountain, North Mecklenburg, and Crest.