Rachel Levy, ‘Doah Staff Writer
March 4, 2015
Shenandoah softball will now be kicking off spring break by opening their season in Virginia Beach on Friday, Mar. 6, the Friday before spring break.
They were supposed to open their season on Feb. 28 in a home doubleheader against Coast Guard. On Sunday, Mar. 1, they were to have a doubleheader against Lynchburg. Due to weather, the opening weekend had to be cancelled, from the fields not being playable with recent snow and freezing temperatures. The Coast Guard games are gone altogether, but since Lynchburg (who is ranked second in the conference) is a conference game, it will have to be played later on in the season.
Since the team unfortunately has to wait yet another week to play, they will be opening their season down at Virginia Beach. The two days they will be at Virginia Beach they will be playing four games, none of which are conference games. That’ll be a long weekend for the girls! The first game played will be against Western Connecticut State University traveling all the way down from Danbury Connecticut. This will also be the Colonials first game of the season. Right after the West Conn game the girls will be playing McDaniel. They will have one week under their belt before they play our Shenandoah team.
The next day at Virginia Beach holds for two more games. First will be an early one against the Plymouth State Panthers, who will also be opening their season at the Virginia Beach Blast. Then right after S.U. will take on Frostburg State to close out the weekend.
This will hopefully be a good weekend for the S.U. softball team. After being ranked ninth in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) for preseason, they have a lot to prove if they want to get back to the championships and win it. With a good amount of returners, they should be able to lead the team back to the championship game.
This year, Shenandoah softball is starting off the season with back-to-back weekend tournaments taking up a good amount of their spring break. These two tournaments were not a part of the schedule for previous years. Maybe these weekends are what the team needs to get their season kicked off to a good start.
S.U.’s first league game will be on Mar. 18, a double header away at Bridgewater. However, you won’t be able to see them play at home until Thursday, Mar. 19, a nonleague doubleheader against Gettysburg. Most of the teams league games won’t be until late in the season, and they will end the regular season in a league double header home against Emory and Henry, which will also be their senior day.