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Softball Squad Splits First Two Games with a No Hitter Win Against Frederick

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by Wolfgang Sonne

On Tuesday March 22nd, the Walkersville Lions Varsity Softball team faced off against the Linganore Lancers in a tough 14-3 loss.  They rebounded on the 23rd with a win against Frederick that included a no hitter.

The Lions are known for having a good softball program and were looking to start off strong with a win against a very good Linganore team. Walkersville lost many pieces for the 2017 season as key players were apart of the 2015-2016 graduating class. Despite the loss of players and new players on the team’s roster the Lions still believe that this could be their year.

Senior Aly Riggs said this, “We didn’t play bad at all. We actually played really well for not having any scrimmages. Linganore’s team has been playing together for a long time and they are a lot more experienced than us. We also have a really young team but we have a lot of potential. We have some fundamental errors that we can fix but I am sure that throughout the season we will only get stronger and better.”

Walkersville is a very young team with little highschool level experience from underclassmen in the lineup, but they don’t plan on letting that stop them. The Lions are still very optimistic for this season and that is very apparent when you talk to any of the girls on the team.

Freshman Destiny Simms said, “I think that we didn’t play that bad, the score really didn’t reflect how we played. All the errors were just fundamental errors that we could have cleaned up if we would have gotten to scrimmage. The snow messed up our practice and scrimmaging schedule but we showed up and didn’t play bad, just wasn’t good enough to beat them. I definitely think when we see them later in the season we’ll give them a run for their money.”

Senior Carlie Hopkins said, “Some things we did well was put the bat on the ball and strung together some hits, but we need to work on not leaving runners stranded on bases and also eliminate the errors we had on defense. But this was our first game of the season and we learned what we need to work on and we plan to just keep improving throughout the season.”

The Lions followed up their loss with a huge win against the Frederick Cadets 10-0. Pitcher Lindsey Windsor was phenomenal in a six inning performance, throwing a no hitter while striking out 13 batters. This was the win that Walkersville needed to jump start their season.