Though only a rising junior, Summerville's Summer Jenkins already has enjoyed great success on the softball field.
ALL-LOWCOUNTRY SOFTBALL TEAM
Honorable Mention: Brittany Hines, Hanahan; Sarah Windham, Summerville; Lexi Samples, Berkeley; Brooklyn Stone, Berkeley; Shelby Rodwell, First Baptist; Elizabeth Traxler, Dorchester Academy; Jamie McClaine, Colleton Prep; Madeline Hill, Colleton Prep; Ashlyn Polk, Colleton Prep; Kayli Miles, Stratford; Skye Moore, Stratford; Emily Harmon, Stratford; Morgan Howard, Wando; Katie Painter, West Ashley; Ashton Coker, West Ashley; Lexi Thompson, West Ashley; Beth Bourgeois, Cane Bay; Peggy Lou Rochay, Cane Bay; Eternal Fuller, Goose Creek; Kortnee Johno, Cross; Tanya Whetsell, Cross; Elena Salmorin, Bishop England; Haley Welch, Timberland; Katlein Hills, Academic Magnet; Madison Ryan, Stratford; Brittany Miller, James Island.
Jenkins, the 2014 All-Lowcountry softball player of the year, helped Summerville win the Class AAAA Lower State championship as a freshman before the Green Wave lost in the 2013 state finals to Boiling Springs.
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This spring, Summerville reached the AAAA Lower State finals before losing to Bluffton.
Though the goal of a state championship for the Green Wave remains elusive, you can't fault Jenkins' performance this season.
As Summerville's primary pitcher, Jenkins logged 154 innings and posted a 20-6 record. She fanned 137 hitters and finished with a 0.89 earned run average.
At the plate, Jenkins led Summerville in home runs (10) and runs batted in (36) while hitting .392 with 12 doubles.
"She was very solid all season," said Summerville coach Heather Tucker, who is the All-Lowcountry softball coach of the year. "Summer is very versatile and she has a great future ahead of her. I'm sure glad we have her for two more years. She will be a key player for us, but she has been for two years."
Jenkins made a verbal commitment to College of Charleston and is spending her summer as part of the Carolina Fire 18-U travel program. She said summer ball gives her an opportunity to continue playing and to put the past high school season behind her quickly.
"It was very disappointing with the way this season ended but I really didn't have a lot of time to dwell on it, which is a good thing," she said. "It was a lot of fun but we just sort of fell apart at the end. We'll be back, though. We have a lot of really good players coming back and we will focus on finishing stronger next year."
Tucker is anxious to see how much Jenkins does improve over the next two seasons. The coach feels Jenkins had unlimited potential.
"The older she gets and the more mature she gets, she is improving every year," Tucker said. "She's a competitive girl and she has a great work ethic. She is going to get better because she wants to get better."
Jenkins was recruited by College of Charleston as a pitcher but says she will get an opportunity to hit as well, though she likely will not play third base, which is her defensive position when not in the circle.
"They have told me they want me to hit also, so that's good because I enjoy hitting and pitching," she said. "Hitting to me is something I enjoy because it takes some of the pressure off my mind about pitching. I like going up there and getting some swings and making things happen at the plate. I know pitching is probably my strength but I do enjoy hitting also."
"Her pitching obviously has been a key for us but she really has a beautiful swing," the coach said. "It's only going to get better. She works equally hard at being good at both pitching and hitting. And, I think the two go hand-in-hand. She can see things from both perspectives and I think it helps her in both areas."
Joining Jenkins on the All-Lowcountry softball team are Green Wave teammates Taylor Powell and Taylor Belfiore; Nichole Linthicum of Stratford; MacKenzie Dyson of Hanahan; Blake Ponder of Berkeley; Kayla Bannister and Virginia Moore of Wando; Traci Howell of Cane Bay; Bailey Craven of Goose Creek; Hannah Haskell of First Baptist; Eran Artigues of Bishop England; and Valerie Frank of Ashley Ridge.
The All-Lowcountry team was assembled using all-state, all-region and all-star rosters with input from area coaches.
All-Lowcountry softball and baseball players will be honored before the Charleston RiverDogs' game July 7 at Riley Park. The ceremony will take place at 6:30 p.m. before the game. For more information, contact the RiverDogs' Haley Kirchner at 723-7241 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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