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4 Wednesday, March 23, 2016 THE JOURNAL www.journalpress.com W&L Lady Eagles open softball season with a split RICHARD LEGGITT The Washington & Lee Lady Ea- gles softball team opened its 2016 season with a new coach, a scrappy freshman pitcher and a can-do atti- tude that resulted in one win and one loss last week. Behind the on-target pitching of freshman Ann Carter Harding, the Lady Eagles defeated James Monroe 17 to 1 in their first game last Tues- day. Later, on Thursday, the Lady Ea- gles were defeated in an away game at Northumberland 11 to 1. Harding had 10 strikeouts in the opening game against James Monroe in Montross. "It was a great start to our season," said new W&L Coach John Cottom. "The game boosted our confidence and allowed our team to realize all their hard preseason work paid off." "Ann Carter was ahead in the count all night," said Cottom. "She had no walks and the runner who did score and the other who got on base were the results of errors. She could have had a perfect game." Thursday in the loss to Northum- berland, things did not go as well. "Northumberland is not 10 runs bet- ter than we are," said Cottom. "We are still learning to play as a team. Our intensity and drive to succeed Freshman pitcher Ann Carter Harding is throwing strikes for the Lady Eagles. has to increase .if we are going to "Harding is a girl who is going to compete with other teams in our re- keep us in some games," said W&L gion." Athletic Director Malcolm Lewis. "The girls are going to get better "We are lucky to have Coach Cottom but we have to learn to trust each this year. He knows the job from top other and the coaches. When cut to bottom. He know what needs to down on the mental errors and play be done." with confidence we will be competi- Lewis said one of the continu- tire in every game," Cottom said. ing problems for Washington & Lee In W&L's first loss of the season girls' sports is the lack of parents in to Northumberland, Emma Oliver, Westmoreland County supporting Harding and Veronica Wyszynski the efforts of girls who need to play all had hits in the game at Heaths- on travel teams that can dramatically ville. "Oliver scored the team's only improve their skills. run while Harding had the only RBI. "We still need to get more parents Harding also pitched another solid in the county getting girls on some game but little mistakes and mental travel teams," Lewis said. "Many of errors were the Lady Eagles down- our district opponents do that, and fall. it helps them prepare for the season." Drifters softball overcomes adversity and enters the 2o 6 season on fire LEONARD BANKS Sports editor In spite of overcoming a number of challenges, the Colonial Beach High School Drifters have pushed A key to the Drifters offense this season will be the speed of Jordan forward with roster filled with talent. Returning to the fold, Manana McGinnis (right). Morton will lead a small cast of pened on Thursday, against Caro- lead. pitchers against a conference filled line, at Caroline High School. How- Two innings later, in the top of the with teams that are not to taken ever, the Drifters cruised by both 4th, Jones scored on a wild pitch to lightly. Courtland, on Tuesday, (8-5) and tie the game at 2. With two outs, Mc- Deniya Newman will continue James Monroe on Wednesday, for a Ginnis scored from third on another her lead role as the leadoff' hitter record of 2-1. Cougar wild pitch, giving the Drift- and base-stealing specialist. In light Excited with his season opener ers a 3-2 lead. of the departure due to graduation, victory over double-A power, Court- Although the Cougars tied the Amber Jones will replace Emily land, Drifters head coach Scott Fos- game in the ensuing bottom of the Parks, and adjust in her new role as ter said, "It's a great way to start the 4th, the Drifters broke the game wide catcher. A perennial solid third base- season. After three days of practice, open in the top of 6th inning. Colo- man, Kenzie Cox continues to be a with the basketball ladies returning nial Beach scored 5 runs, courtesy of solid defensive player, from the state championship play- RBIs from Cox, Scherer, Setliff (2), Players who will impact the team's offs, I was really worried about play- and a Cougar error at first base. destiny include: Courtney Setliff, ingthreegamesback-to-back:' Faced with a Drifter 8-31ead in the Jordan McGinnis, Shelby Mod-During the game against Court- bottom of the 7th inning, the Cou- lin, and Haley Phillips, and Sydney land, the Drifters displayed a combi- gars scored two additional runs be- Scherer. nation of poise and execution. After fore Morton forced Sydney Hayden However after losing five players the Drifters took a 1~0 lead in the into a fly ball for the final out. to graduation, including four start- top of the 2nd inning on a wild pitch On March 24, the Drifters will ers in the infield, life in the fast lane that scored McGinnis, the Cougars travel to James Monroe. On the fol- of high school softball has not been struck back in the bottom half of the lowing day, the Drifters will finish easy. inning with RBIs from Alana Tilden the final game of the week in an away The Drifters' (7-2) lone loss hap- and Hayleigh Burkett to take a 2-1 game against Middlesex. a Exercise, goals and results are as up the stairs without losing your Often the best exercise is the one breath. that is actually done on a regular A good workout is as close as the basis. There are many great tools, front door and willingness to go equipment, and DVDs that col- through it. lect dust and await the next sale Ahh! 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