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The King George High School Junior Varsity Softball Team finished their season with a bang! Eighth grader Taylor Brandts pitched the shut out last Tuesday night to finish the season 9-2 in the Battlefield District, 11-4 overall. Hits by freshman Katelyn O’Campo and Brandts gave the runs needed for the Lady Foxes to prevail.
“The girls were ready to play this game and had prepared themselves mentally to come out and do their best,” said Head Coach Mary Landino. “They came in with very positive and motivating attitudes and that was apparent on the last night of practice when the team was ready to hit the field and put in one of their best practices ever!”
Injuries earlier in the season sustained by freshman Megan Partner and eighth grader Valerie Treat, challenged the Lady Foxes depth, but the team’s camaraderie kept them on a winning track. Sophomore Elizabeth King, who stepped up to become a starter, made major improvements in skills and knowledge of the game through the season, as well as freshmen Jaymie Pittman and Courtney Calloway, and eighth grader Giavanni Burstion, according to Coach Landino.
Coach Landino also noted strong offensive performances during the season by Brandts, O’Campo, Taylor Balmaz, Natalie McGregor, and Kari McCullough. Consistent defensive plays were led by Balmaz and Courtney Beck, who also pitched, with assists from O’Campo. The outfield was led by Natalie Draper with strong performances from Hailey Lawrence. “Each player contributed something and I think the success of the team has demonstrated that,” said Coach Landino. “The coaching staff if very proud of the accomplishment and hope that this groups’ motto ‘TEAM…together everyone achieves more’ will be around for many years to come and for the future softball players that will be coming through KGHS to feed from.”
JV baseball championship results
Last Tuesday the Foxes played in the Battlefield District Championship game against Courtland, losing 1-5.
“We set the bar high for these kids,” said Head Coach Nick Simmons. “We gave them a goal from Day One. We said mark May 18 [Battlefield Championship game] on your calendar because we were going to be there!”
The Foxes earned the right to be in that championship game by solidly defeating four of five district teams, but going 0-3 against the Courtland Cougars this year. The Foxes ended their season with an impressive .344 team batting average, and averaged 8.4 runs per game for the season. King George finished over .500 in team On Base Percentage. The Foxes pitchers struck out 119 batters this season, and had a 2.6 team ERA (earned run average).
Coach Simmons would like to offer a special thank you to Coach Clift and Coach Garrick who volunteered many hours as hitting coaches.