Maegan Bentley, one of the star pitchers the last two years at Thomson High School has transferred to Briarwood Academy, The McDuffie Mirror has learned.
Thomson head coach Jason Osborn confirmed last Thursday that Bentley left Thomson High to go to Briarwood Academy.
Bentley's first day in classes at Briarwood Academy was last Tuesday, according to Briarwood softball head coach Hannah Demore.
"I'm real excited to have her join our team," coach Demore said. "It will definitely help our team."
Bentley was declared eligible to play at the private school by officials of the Georgia Independent Schools Association last Friday, coach Demore added.
Bentley, now a junior, helped the Lady Bulldogs to the Elite Eight of the Georgia High School Association Class AAA State Playoffs last season. During her two-plus years at Thomson High School, Bentley was regarded as one of the most talented softball pitchers in the Central Savannah River Area. Last season, she was the team's top pitcher.
Bentley had failed to get off to the start she was hoping for this season, however. She's been hurt a couple of different times, the latest injury involving a sprained left foot which she sustained in an off-the-field mishap.
Bentley now joins her younger sister, Morgan Bentley, a freshman pitcher, who plays on the varsity softball team at Briarwood Academy.
"We're going to get behind Brooke Herkel right now and hopefully find a couple more pitchers who can help us along the way," Coach Osborn said. "We're going to be just fine."
Coach Osborn described Herkel as a battling-type pitcher.
"She's a battler," he said. "We're proud to have her on this team."