- Morgen S. Cvetko
Coastal softball ready for 2019
The 2018 Coastal Carolina softball season was a crazy one for sure.
The Lady Chants opened the season 10-2, scoring five or more runs in six of those games. And then the team dropped six of their next nine games to enter Sun Belt conference play 13-9. The first half of conference play was not a great one as the Lady Chants went 2-11 in the first half of conference play, getting swept twice.
Coastal found themselves in a deep hole but managed to end the year at 26-28 and won the last seven of their 13 conference games to be 9-17 in Sun Belt play. However, the Chanticleers did miss out on playing in the Sun Belt tournament.
The 2019 Coastal Carolina softball team hopes to turn that all around in the upcoming season.
The Chanticleers look to build off the momentum they built at the end of last season winning three of their last five series. Coastal Carolina will have 35 of their 56 games in the confines of St. John Stadium, including three home tournaments, the 2018 Sun Belt Champion, Texas State Bobcats visiting, and last year's No. 7 ranked team in the NCAA, Tennessee Volunteers.
Returning for her senior year is pitcher Ashley Guillette. Guillette pitched a career-high 169.1 innings in 2018. In her three years at Coastal Carolina, Guillette has averaged 147.7 innings pitched per season. If she is to keep that pace, she can move into sixth place in career innings pitched at Coastal Carolina. Guillette can also move up the strikeouts list.
Currently, Guillette has 452 strikeouts in her career, which is good enough for fourth all-time in career strikeouts. She is averaging 151 strikeouts per season and should she continue that pace, she will reach 604 career strikeouts, good enough for third all-time and only 34 behind third place.
The Chanticleers have a decent recruiting class coming to St. John Stadium this season. In December 2018, FloSoftball released its top recruiting classes for 2019 and the Coastal Carolina Chanticleer softball program earned its spot among the elite in the nation. The 2019 class received a top-five ranking among all mid-majors and top-three of Sun Belt competitors.
The 2019 Coastal Carolina recruiting class consists of seven players from various parts of the United States. Gabby Baylog, Paige Rivas, Peyton Rivas and Mary Sobataka all hail from North Carolia. Shelbie Summerlin is the lone representative from the Peach State (Georgia). Rae Brabham is the only South Carolina recruit in the 2019 class and is from Moncks Corner, just outside of Charleston. Iyanla Pennington comes all the way across the United States from Mill Creek, Washington.
The Coastal Carolina women’s softball team has their first game on Feb. 8 at 2 p.m. est. The Lady Chants will be facing University of Tennessee in the Kickin’ Chicken Classic. The last time the ladies saw Tennessee was in 2013, losing both games by a combined score of 3-18. In fact, the Chanticleers have never beaten Tennessee in their previous seven meetings.
Last year during the Kickin’ Chicken Classic, the Coastal Carolina ladies came out on top, winning four games and only falling to Saint Francis University.
The women’s softball team will be hosting three tournaments this year at Charles Wade - John Lottfeild field. Along with the Kickin’ Chicken Classic, they will also be hosting the Battle at the Beach and The Chanticleer Showdown.