POWHATAN – The Indians racked up 12 hits and pitchers Sarah English and Ellie Barton combined for 10 strikeouts in an 18-2, five-inning triumph over Albemarle on Powhatan Softball’s Senior Night.
“In my mind, when you can come out and hit the ball hard, you set a tone, and that’s what we ask the kids to do – makes it a lot easier on defense,” Powhatan head coach Marie Crump said. “I was pleased with the way we came out…they gave us some walks, we were patient at the plate, we took advantage of that, and that’s good; we didn’t go after bad pitches.”
Powhatan sprang out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning, scoring all 4 runs against 2 outs. Senior Briana Hensley walked to first base, moved into scoring position off the sacrifice of fellow senior Lindsey Elam and came home off of an RBI single launched by Kayla Davis. English clocked a 1-run double and scored a run in the frame along with Maddy Hayden, who crossed home plate off of the RBI single hit by catcher Emmalee Lawson.
In Tuesday’s Senior Night game, Hensley, Elam and Gabby Moore were honored for the progress and development they’ve made as part of the program from the beginning all the way to now, and for the hard work that they’ve put in to be a major part of Powhatan Softball’s team.
“This year they’re doing a great job with their leadership," Crump said. “Everybody has a role, and they attack that role and they’ve embraced that role, and the seniors have done just that…for this team to be successful, it takes every single one of us, and that starts with the seniors, and it trickles its way down.
“I’m very proud of what they’ve done not just this season, but all the way through their career at Powhatan High School,” Crump said of the seniors. “They’ve made a huge impact on the softball program and hopefully they’ll continue to make that impact, and I’m just very proud of them; they’re great young ladies, they work hard, I’ve enjoyed very much coaching them.”
Against Albemarle, Hensley batted 2-for-3 with an RBI and scored 3 runs, Elam had a walk and a run scored and Moore scored a run and hit an RBI single.
Davis batted 2-for-3 with 3 RBIs and 2 runs scored, English batted 2-for-3 with 2 RBIs, a double and 2 runs scored, Maddy Hayden batted 1-for-2 with an RBI and 3 runs scored, Rileigh De Weese had a hit and 2 RBIs and scored a run and Savannah Johnson batted 1-for-1 and scored 2 runs.
Barton, who stepped into the pitcher's circle in the 4th inning, struck out 6 over the final 2 frames.
Powhatan (12-4) wraps up the regular season at Orange County on Thursday, May 16 at 6 p.m. The last time the two teams met, Powhatan on April 23 won 6-1.
“We want to finish strong,” Crump said. “We just want to play the way we’ve been playing: just go out and play our game and play the way we’re capable of playing and I think we’ll be fine.”