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HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL NOTEPAD: Wolverines starting to gel
The Conference 15 softball race is shaping up to be a tight one once Mountain View, Massaponax, Brooke Point and North Stafford start playing their conference games after next week’s spring break.
It’s clear that all four teams will be a factor, including the young Wolverines.
“We’ve come so far,” North Stafford coach Pam Kantor said. “Each day something amazing surprises me that we’re doing better and better as a team.”
The Wolverines are 6–5 and off until an April 30 conference game at Potomac. They started the season 0–3, then won four straight, and have since alternated wins and losses (including a nonconference loss to Mountain View and Monday’s win against Riverbend).
“Our biggest thing—just with being so young—is just a matter of the girls meshing together,” Kantor said. “It’s just learning to play together as a team.”
Pitcher Nicole Badami is one of six freshmen in the North Stafford lineup. She had 14 strikeouts in a 9–1 nonconference win against Brooke Point and 10 in the win against the Bears.
Kantor said seniors Ashleigh Neville and Sam Barbarczuk have done a great job leading the team. And North has gotten contributions from around the lineup.
“We’re not just relying on one or two people to get the big hit,” Kantor said. “I feel like I can count on No. 1 through 9 to get on base, or get the big run.”