On Tuesday, March 15, Leesville Road defeated the Enloe Eagles 11-1 in varsity softball. With their latest victory, the Pride rise to an undefeated 4-0 record on the year.
Jessica Pinkney, sophomore, attributes the team’s success to their chemistry on and off the field. “We’re an incredibly close team this year,” said Pinkney. “We trust each other and it shows in the way we play.”
Lindsay Jones, junior, agrees that bonding as a team has made the difference this season. Jones said, “As we go on, we become more and more like a family instead of just a group of players. Unity has been the key so far.”
Simply getting along with one another doesn’t guarantee wins though- the Pride have won on the backs of tremendous hitting performances, sometimes scoring up to 10 runs in a single inning.
Jones and Pinkney both feel that as far as actual playing goes, producing hits has been the team’s greatest strength. “We hit well, easy as that,” said Pinkney. “We play well overall, but our hitting has just been especially effective.”
Coach Suzanne Tadlock, while proud of her girls, knows they can be better. “We’ve managed to win every game up to this point, but we need to make earlier adjustments on offense and with our pitch selections if we want to keep winning,” said Coach Tadlock.
Coach Tadlock knows that her team can go as far as any if they only choose to. Coach Tadlock said, “The team has set goals for the season and I know they have the ability to reach them.”
When discussing her outlook for the remainder of the season, Jessica Pinkney remains optimistic. Pinkney said, “We’re a great team; as long as we play up to our potential and not down to our opponent’s, there is no telling how far we can go.”