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They are the pride of King George! Although the Foxes lost to the eventual VHSL Group AA Softball champion, Cave Spring (24-4) 7-1, they will always be remembered as heroes. Their 24-2 season featured a Battlefield District Championship (2-0 over Culpeper), Region I Semi-final (1-0 over New Kent), Region I
Championship (9-5 over Tabb), and a 4-1 victory over Powhatan in the VHSL Group AA quarterfinals before taking a trip to the final four portion of the championship in Radford.
Cave Spring vs. KGHS
After plating two runs in in the second inning, the Knights exploded for five additional runs in the fifth inning. After loading the bases with singles from Kylie Kent, Pami White, and a walk, the Knights scored runs on an RBI single from Alayna Francis, sacrifice ground balls from Hailey Sitze, and Abby Beatty, and an RBI single from winning pitcher Taylor Asimakopoulos.
As for the Foxes, their lone score came in the fifth inning from a RBI single from Alexis Sheehan. Taylor Brandts (19-1), yielded six hits and three walks while striking out seven, while Asimakopoulos gave up two hits, three walks, and struck out six.
After a hard fought battle, Foxes softball head coach Renee Parker spoke proudly of her team’s post-season efforts. “At that level of play, you just have to bring hitting and spot on pitching,” Parker said. “We got it done during the quarterfinal, but definitely did not have the bats and pitching we have been so used to at the semi-finals. The hitters were a bit tentative, and of course, you can’t have that at the state level. The pitching was a bit off, and Cave Spring had no real trouble hitting off Taylor—they were definitely more aggressive at the plate. It was nice to hear that they won the state championship.”
Powhatan vs. KGHS
In front of a standing room crowd that surrounded the entire Fox softball complex the Foxes posted a 4-1 victory over the Powhatan Indians. Brandts shut down the Indians offense with seven complete innings of near flawless pitching. Her efforts included 11 strikeouts, three hits, four walks, and no earned runs. “This game was the most nerve-racking game I’ve ever played,” Brandts said shortly after the game. “During the first inning I wasn’t composed enough to get the strikes I wanted. However, finally once I composed myself, and my nerves calmed down, I finally started hitting my corners.”
The Foxes were not hindered by the use of three Indian pitchers throughout the game. “Powhatan has a history of switching pitchers, which steadily increases the speed of the pitch with each pitcher, which for us works in our favor—because we’re used to faster pitching.” Parker said.
Shelby King got the Foxes on the board first with a one-out RBI double that scored two runs. Although the Indians threatened to score in the top of the third inning with two runners aboard, Brandts kept her composure and struck out pitcher Melissa Rundstrum. “My team is amazing, they never fail me,” Brandts said.
In the top of the fourth inning, Powhatan cut the Foxes lead to 2-1, when Megan Crump scored Ryan Kietman on a RBI single.
The Foxes extended their lead to 4-1 during the bottom of the fourth and fifth innings with RBI singles from Gabe Tate, and Savannah Nalls. Brandts continued to dominate Indian batters throughout the rest of the game until the final out.
Fox 2013 All-District honorees included: Taylor Brandts, 1st Team, and Pitcher of the Year; Taylor Balmaz, 1st Team Infielder; Alex Sheehan, 2nd Team Infielder; Kari McCullough, 2nd Team Infielder; Monica Brandts, 2nd team utility; Savannah Nalls, Honorable Mention.