Varsity Softball Dominates Florence 13-7

By Nicolle Duvall, Reporter

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  • Schyler Stockwell ’17 shows support for her teammates with her school spirit.

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  • To ensure a strong pitch, Haley Popelka ’17 warms up her arm for the game.

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  • Adrianna Madison ’18 angles her bat to get the perfect angle to send the incoming ball flying.

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  • The Lady Warriors celebrate their victory with a team chant.

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  • Charese Wyatt ’17 strikes the ball and sends her team members home.

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  • Olivia Meyers ’20 warms up with Coach Scazzero.

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  • After running a triple, Lizzie Taylor ’18 prepares to make a dash for home plate.

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  • Chelsea Terranova ’19 drives a fast ball towards the new player at bat, after getting two of their players out.

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  • The lead pitcher, Haley Popelka ’18, winds up a ball to begin the game

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  • Charese Wyatt ’17, Schyler Stockwell ’17, and Lizzie Taylor ’18 warm up for their exciting game.

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  • After a big win, Courtney Ogle ’17, Chelsea Terranova ’19, Haley Popelka ’18, and Charese Wyatt ’17 run to the pit for their post game team meeting.

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With high spirits and a district championship in mind, the Lady Warriors came up against Florence High School on Friday, March 1 with a big win of 13-7.

The Buffaloes had a 0-2 advantage in the top of the first inning but the Warriors quickly pulled out with two outs at one and a strike out by pitcher Hailey Popelka ‘18. With the Warriors up at bat, Popelka brought runner Jena Hawks ‘17 in with a double. Popelka eventually came into home that inning as well, evening the score 2-2.

“It was really good. Our defense was good and our offense were getting hits in,” Chelsea Terranova ‘19 said.

In the second inning, Terranova was substituted as pitcher for Popelka. The Warriors had three up three down with a double play at first and two on a pop up and then an additional out at one. Much of Friday’s game allowed players to come out in new positions. Terranova, for example, pitched her first game for the Warriors that night.

“We had people who haven’t been able to play in certain positions and they got a chance to play tonight,” head coach Tiffany Gates said. “Chelsea has never pitched for us before and she came in and finished the game and she pitched well.”

While Terranova claims she was nervous that game, she remained positive with the support of her team and looks forward to continue her pitching.

“My nerves were a little shot at the beginning but I think I finished strong,” Terranova said. “I had a good defense behind me.”

The Warriors and the Buffaloes were tied 7-7 in the top of the fifth inning. Before coming out to bat, the team huddled up and broke out holding the Westwood sign. In the bottom of the fifth, they brought in two runners and continued to hold Florence at seven runs for the remainder of the game. The game ended in the seventh inning with the Warriors dominating Florence 13-7. The Warriors’ next game will be held on Tuesday, March 7 at Pflugerville.

“I think if we can keep the momentum going, stay positive, and continue to show a lot of effort and hard work, then we’ll do well,” Coach Gates said.

Overall, the team is waiting in anticipation to continue the season and will be pursuing a district championship this year.

“I’m excited for the games to come,” third baseman Charese Wyatt ‘17 said. “I think it’s going to be good.”

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