Young Airport softball team starts season with wins

Posted 3/21/23

The Airport softball team started the 2023 campaign soaring. 

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Young Airport softball team starts season with wins


The Airport softball team started the 2023 campaign soaring. 

The 4A Region 4 Lady Eagles won the first five games of the season, including two region games versus Aiken. Since the hot start Airport has suffered the region losses, both to Midland Valley. 

“I think Midland Valley will be tough for everybody to beat this year,” said Anna Parker, who is in her seventh year as the Airport softball team’s head coach. Airport was 7-12 in 2022 and finished with a 1-7 record in region play. 

Other Region 4 teams, besides Airport, Aiken and Midland Valley are North Augusta and South Aiken. 

Parker said her 2023 team is young, but talented. 

Freshman Addie Maynor has provided strong pitching for the Lady Eagles in the early going. Avery Ingram that Parker said she is showing signs of leadership and as a productive hitter. 

“Avery went 10-for-12 at the plate in the first week of the season,” Parker said. 

Macie McCracken plays third base for the Lady Eagles, and she is also a sophomore. 

“Macie is a clutch hitter,” said Parker. “She has come through when we needed it.” 

Airport is also starting a freshman at second base and an eighth-grader at first base. 

While there is a lot of youth on the team, that’s not all. 

“Maddy River is a senior,” Parker said. “She’s our shortstop and she is also a pitcher. She hit two home runs against Midland Valley. We’re counting on her for her leadership, too. She is a leader.”

Parker said the strength of her team, to date, has been timely hitting, but the team needs to work on its defense.

“We committed some errors,” she said. “We’re going to have to keep working on our defense and clean it up. It’s problems we can correct.”

Parker also said her team’s effort is good.

“These players are really competitive,” she said. “They really push each other, every day, to get better.” 

Coming up in the next week, the Lady Eagles are set to travel South Aiken on March 21 (after this issue’s press deadline) and host the division rival on March 24 before North Augusta comes calling March 28.


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