Mint Hill Featured Athletes of the Week

Bulldogs Sydney Reynolds at-bat against Independence.
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This week we will focus on the Butler Bulldogs Softball team who had a very solid season. Last week we highlighted the Independence Patriots who are the 2023 4A Southwestern Conference Champions defeating Butler their archrivals in the championship game. The Lady Bulldogs top four players are highlighted in this week’s sports column.

Cherie Carter – The Butler Bulldog freshman standout finished her first season with a BA .557, led the team with 34 hits, 32 runs scored, 29 RBIs, while contributing 8 stolen bases and posting an outstanding OBP .622, SLG .836, OPS 1.458 collecting 7 doubles, 2 triples, and slamming 2 home runs.

Sydney Reynolds – The senior in 21 games had another solid season posting a BA .452, 28 hits, 34 RBIs, 25 runs scored, 17 extra base hits belting 10 doubles, 3 triples, 4 home runs with a OBP .541, SLG .903, OPS 1.444 and a .979 fielding percentage making only 2 errors on 95 total chances. Reynolds was the team leader who set the tone for the Lady Bulldogs.

Abi Sawyers – The Bulldog junior transfer from Queen’s Grant made the adjustment to the next level of competition. In 20 games she posted a BA .482, 27 hits, 22 RBIs, 27 runs scored, and drilled 7 doubles, and led the team with 5 home runs with OBP .561, SLG .875, OPS 1.436. While a workhorse on the mound she tossed 73.1 innings, faced 354 batters, allowed 30 earned runs, 23 walks, and accumulated 71 strikeouts. She posted a solid ERA 2.86 on the season.

Ava Williams – The Bulldog junior top of the batting order slap hitter consistently set the table for the team’s power hitters. Her BA .443 is very respectable, she contributed 27 hits, 15 walks, 29 runs scored, 11 RBIs, led the club with 16 stolen bases, posted an OBP .545, SLG .573, OPS 1.119, with a flawless 1.000 fielding percentage making no errors on 103 total chances, 93 putouts, and 10 assists.

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