Fire Crackers burst on the softball playoff scene

June 10, 2013 

The Fort Mill Fire Cracker's U10 softball team members are (from left) Coach Julie Drejka, Sophia Bungey, McLauren Sarvis, Skyler Drejka, Lillian Dawes, Lyric Smith, Mallory Roof, Gracie Butts, Emily Pankratz, Sydney Mason, Kennedy Johnson, Kimberly Rovira, Keirstan Eicher and Asst .Coach Marty Roof .not pictured Asst Coach Brian Dawes.

COURTESY OF MEG SARVIS — Courtesy of Meg Sarvis

— Special to the Fort Mill Times

The Fort Mill Firecrackers U10 softball team finished second overall in the York County Recreation League U10 Softball Championships. The team was ranked third going into the playoffs with a 6-4 regular season record.

After defeating the Tega Cay Diamond Divas in the first round, the Firecrackers advanced to play the No. 2-ranked York Pink Panthers and won, qualifying for the title game. That’s where the girls’ streak came to end with a 7-5 loss to the No. 1 Clover Vipers.

“I am so incredibly proud of all of the girls on the team,” Coach Julie Drejka said. “They worked so hard this season and never gave up.”

Drejka praised all her players, but did single out several she felt deserved extra attention.

“It was truly a team effort but I do have to say that we couldn’t have done it without our star pitcher Kennedy Johnson,” Drejka said. “Kennedy never missed a game the entire season and worked hard keeping her composure during stressful situations. She has a very bright future ahead of her.”

Other standout players Drejka mentioned were catcher McLauren Sarvis, third baseman Lyric Smith and first baseman/backup catcher Mallory Roof.

The team’s most improved player of the year was newcomer Skyler Drejka.

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