Rachel Levy, Staff Writer
Shenandoah Softball started their season the weekend of Feb. 20 and 21 in Salem, N.C. with two double-headers.
The first double-header was against Southern Virginia on Feb. 20, starring pitchers Lindsay Corbin, junior, and Kayla O’Connell, freshman. The Hornets won 11-2. Seven girls on the team recorded runs for the Hornets, with sophomore Nicole Pierson being the top scorer with three runs. Senior Kimberly Brady was the high hitter with four RBIs.
In the second game of the day, freshman Carrie Robinson started as pitcher, and fellow freshman, Courtney Topper finished up for the Hornets. Eight players earned runs, with Brady scoring highest with three runs.
The next day the Lady Hornets took on Salem in another double-header. The first game of the day, pitched by Corbin, resulted in a 4-1 defeat. Sophomore Megan Wilk had the sole home run. The Hornets had no problem getting on base, with nine hits for the game, but they could not see to get home.
They turned it around in the second game of the day, when they beat Salem 5-4. Once again, they had nine hits, but luckily, they were able to capitalize on them and make it home for some runs. The freshmen Robinson and Topper pitched this game, coming out with the Hornets’ third win of the season.
The team hopes to continue the season strong after last year’s losing season, when they just missed the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) playoffs. The addition of this year’s freshmen seems to be a strength for the small team, since last season they lost both games against Salem by a significant gap. Hopefully, the women can continue to reign victorious against past-losses in the ODAC, so they can make it into the postseason this year.
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