CFNN Reporter Kylie Holt
The Lady Colts Softball team kicked off their season with an early morning Saturday scrimmage. They started off with a 11:35 start time with warmups at 10:30. Although the Colts have younger first time varsity players, they performed very well for the first scrimmage.
Leading off in the first game against Hoggard was left-handed Sophomore slapper Alexandria Serbio. The sophomore was nervous, but she held her composure and performed admirably.
“I was very nervous my first at bat, but then kinda got used to it. I realized a lead off job is to get on and do whatever I can to help the team,” said Serbio after the scrimmage
Freshman Khalila Pham came in to run for pitcher Lexza Glemaker. She is the smallest girl on the team, but has the biggest personality. She also went in to hit for herself and did well for a first time varsity player. The team was extremely proud of her, screaming for her as she stood on second.
With only five seniors the young Colt team depended on contributions from all players. Every girl on the team contributed to the scrimmage win. Great defensive plays in the first game led to a good win to start off the day. Good defense ramped up the energy and momentum for the Colts, leading to some hot bats coming up with major hits the next inning. The team worked together to piece together hits at the right time to top the Hoggard Vikings 8-1 in the first game.
The Colts then faced off against Clayton High School. Clayton has a left handed pitcher who took the Lady Colts to a 16 inning game two years ago. The 4:15 game only lasted seven innings, and the Colts trailed 0-1 after the first three innings.
Although the girls played outstanding defense, bats were just not able to get the job done. Every hit that the Colts strung together, Clayton’s girls were just in the right place at the right time. Clayton ended up winning 4-0, but overall the girls did well considering they have young players and short time to cover every situation in practice.
“We have a lot to work on Monday at practice, but overall it was not a bad day,” said Head Coach Jeff McPhail. He explained that tryouts lasted longer than expected due to several new talented players coming out, so some important pieces of the game, were left uncovered for the inexperienced Colts, but Monday’s practice will begin the long road to high expectations as the Colts look to continue their traditional success in the Conference and the State Playoffs.
The girls will be looking to hit the practice field (and the ball) hard to get ready for the tough competition in the new conference this year.