Liberty needs to play some softball games.
Mother Nature, are you listening?
“We’ve played just three games. We’ve practiced one time outside,” Raiders coach Mark Workman said. “You can only do so much in the gym.”
Fundamentals are fine in the gym, but game situations? Forget it.
And that’s not good for a team that has lost every key player but one from the 2011 team that finished Class AA runner-up.
“We’re very young, and we got drummed (three games) in the Botetourt Bash in Virginia,” Workman said. “We had a lot of errors.”
Andrea Roles, the sophomore center fielder on the state tournament team, is now a senior and in her second season as the Raiders’ catcher.
Workman expects big things from her, both on and off the field.
“Andrea has got to be a leader,” he said. “She’s started all four years and she’s got a great glove and a strong arm.
“She’s a smart softball player who gives everything she has.”
Roles hit a home run in Virginia.
“She can hit with power or base-hit you to death,” Workman said.
The Raiders’ other standout is sophomore pitcher Sam Pauley, who showed great promise last season.
“Sam was our workhorse last year. She struck out over 100 batters as a freshman,” Workman said. “We’ll lean on her a lot.”
Like most quality pitchers, Pauley worked in the offseason to improve her game.
“She’s gained some speed, and her pitches have got more movement on them,” Workman said. “She’s also a year older, and a year of maturity means a lot to young girls.”
The rest of the starting lineup includes sophomore Stacy Williams at first base, freshman Ashton Mullins at second base, senior transfer Makayla Hosaflook at shortstop, freshman Kaitlyn Hanna at third base and juniors Morgan Drennan, Savanna Caron and Stephanie Griffith at left field, center field and right field, respectively.
Top subs include sophomore catcher-first baseman Breanna Haney, sophomore utility player Makayla Farrell and senior outfielder McKenzie Pettrey.
Hosaflook, who played last year at Central High School near Woodstock, Va., is the backup pitcher. Hanna can also take the mound when needed.
Workman warns people not to try to compare this team to the 2011 squad.
“There’s no comparison Those girls worked their tails off,” he said. “We have to get these girls to buy into that work ethic.
“We’ll struggle, but by tournament time, we’ll be OK.
“If they’re willing to put the work in, they can be as good as they want to be.”
The Raiders are scheduled to play at Woodrow Wilson today, and will travel to Oak Hill Saturday for a 10 a.m. matchup with Oak Hill and a 2 p.m. . game with Point Pleasant.
— E-mail: dstillwell@
Liberty needs to play some softball games.
- Latest Sports
Westside wins a classic
Many words will be used to describe Friday night’s battle for the Class AA Region 3, Section 1 championship between No. 4 Wyoming East and No. 6 Westside, but one that will be used the most is simple — classic.
Lady Spartans punch their ticket to state tournament
For 21 minutes Friday night, Greenbrier East relived last year’s nightmare, which saw the undefeated Lady Spartans, ranked No. 1 in Class AAA, fall short of the state tournament with a shocking loss to a Capital squad that was below .500 in the Region 3 co-final.
Fast start propels Valley past Wildcats
One day can sometimes make a lot of difference. A whole lot.
Annual Biddy-Buddy tournament gives the chance to grow as players and friends
As good as they are, Tamar Slay and O.J. Mayo didn’t just pick up a basketball and get drafted into the NBA.
WVU finishes season today at home vs. Kansas
The NCAA Tournament bubble seems to have popped on West Virginia’s men’s basketball team thanks to a string of five losses in seven games — including a 72-62 defeat Wednesday at Oklahoma.
Mountaineer women open Big 12 Tournament play today
The No. 7 West Virginia women’s basketball team enters the 2014 Phillips 66 Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship quarterfinal round as the No. 2 seed, and will take on either No. 7 seed TCU or No. 10 Texas Tech at 7 p.m. Eastern today.
One step from state tourney
Home, sweet, home.
The ball seemed to bounce Woodrow Wilson’s way as the Flying Eagles turned back visiting Greenbrier East 63-46 in the Class AAA Region 3, Section 2 final at the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center.
Lester powers No. 2 Renegades past PikeView
Westside head coach Jamie Lusk feels that what separates an athlete from a champion is the will to win, pouring yourself out and leaving your heart on the court in the pursuit of victory.
Lady Bobcats headed back to Charleston
It was the new kids on the block against the old guard. The Bluefield Lady Beavers were looking to make their first appearance in the state tournament while the Summers County Lady Bobcats, winners of seven state titles, were looking to go back to Charleston for the first time in three years.
Lusk, WVU Tech start title defense today
Cheyanna Lusk has seen improvement in her basketball game this year.
- More Latest Sports Headlines
- Westside wins a classic