Mauldin High’s softball team made it to the Class AAAA Upper State championship last year, and Mavericks coach Joseph Terry is optimistic about the team’s chances this season.
“We are looking good,” said Terry, whose Mavericks were ranked No. 5 in the South Carolina Softball Coaches Association preseason poll. “We only lost one starter from last year, so I brought back eight starters of nine.”
Amanda Storch, a junior who has committed to USC Upstate, is back as the pitcher. Sophomore Kaitlyn Wagers is the catcher.
The infield has senior Madison Tracey at first base, freshman Christina Storch at second, junior Emma Swearingen at shortstop and senior Brianna Davis, an all-state selection who signed with College of Charleston, at third base.
The designated hitter is Deanna Sullivan, who is returning from an injury.
“Deanna tore her ACL in the left knee two summers ago and had to have surgery, and last summer she tore the one in the right knee and had surgery,” Terry said.
“She is 100 percent healthy now. She will just hit for us to get her back acclimated with the game. Deanna will be a big help for us. We expect a lot from her.”
The outfield consists of Allison Jackson, Nadine Hernandez and Hannah Pullias.
Realignment has made changes in Region 2-AAAA, but Terry said it would continue to be the strong region it has been in the past.
“We lost Hillcrest and Mann, but we picked up Spartanburg, Gaffney and Wade Hampton. It will still be just as hard, but it will be new faces,” he said.
Mauldin will continue to play Hillcrest on a home-and-home basis in nonregion matchups.