Fort Mill pitcher Maddie Drerup throws a pitch during the Jackets game against Boiling Springs Tuesday. Photo by Rob Upton

A five-run first inning helped to push the Fort Mill softball team to a 9-1 win over Boiling Springs Tuesday.

Starting pitcher Maddie Drerup pitched a complete game and struck out nine, while allowing just three hits and one run on a solo home run in the sixth inning. Drerup also was pretty lethal with the bat going 2-4 with a home run and two RBI.

Fort Mill jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first inning with the help of Drerup’s home run, a two-run shot with one out. Emma Tisdale then doubled and Trinity Wall walked before Ally Hall hit a three-run home run to make it 5-0. Hall would end up going 2-3 in the game with four RBI.

Then in the third inning, Fort Mill would add three more runs with the help of a couple Boiling Springs errors and some timely hitting by Hall, who knocked in Tisdale, who reached on a single of her own to get the Jackets’ offense started. Tisdale would go 3-3 in the game for Fort Mill.

The Jackets would score their final run of the game in the fifth inning on a wild pitch that allowed Wall to score as she reached base with a walk earlier in the inning.

The win now puts Fort Mill at 7-3 overall and 3-1 in Region 3-5A play. 


Nation Ford swept Fort Mill 6-0 in tennis winning all six matches in straight sets to improve to 10-0 and claim the Region 3-5A title. Getting wins for the Falcons were Juan Arbelaez 6-2, 6-4; Charlie Lynch 6-2, 6-2; Ian Drane 6-2, 7-5; Gage Fenbert 6-0, 6-2; Akhil Kanthamneni 7-5, 6-2 and Shiv Patel/George Lynch in doubles 6-2, 7-5.

Catawba Ridge beat Clover in non-region action on the tennis courts Tuesday. Getting wins for the Copperheads were Alex Macaulay, Devin Hartzog, Eric Finley and Aiden Lilies.


Fort Mill improved to 10-0 on the links with a 151-162 win over Clover at Tega Cay Golf Club. Bryce Wittmer was medalist in the match leading Fort Mill with a 35. His score was followed by a 38 from Alex Martin and a pair of 39s from both Griffin Tarver and Keegan Brown.

Mac Banks:, @fortprep