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The 2012 spring softball sports season is officially underway. With a veteran lineup of talented fielders and sluggers, the new and improved Colonial Beach High School varsity Lady Drifters are prepared to shake up the Northern Neck District. Last season, the Drifters finished at the bottom of their division; however, with sophomores Taylor Lee and McKenzie Conway added to the pitching rotation, the potential for shutting down opposing offenses could arguably result in victories.
Other players who have the right stuff to contribute include: Caneishia Fulcher, Joemeishia Fulcher, Erica Wilford, Kristina Smallwood, Billie Gould, Carley Graves, Madison Gorfida, and Angela Rose.
Although the Drifters lost only one athlete to graduation, Danielle Gallaway, she will be missed on the base paths and at the plate.
Second year varsity softball head coach Scott Foster is optimistic about the potential for a successful season. After all the Drifters are quietly flying under radar. The only way they can go is up. “I believe we will have a better season, but we must be aggressive when it comes to running the bases,” Foster said. “Last season, we relied on one pitcher, Karley Inscoe, who pitched 98% of the time. This year, we have the luxury of featuring different pitchers.”
Inscoe will be shadowed by the support of catcher, and team captain Carley Graves. Graves is a no-nonsense savvy player who doesn’t know the meaning of surrender. A three-sport athlete, Graves admits softball has always been her favorite sport.
Another factor to consider when it comes to the destiny of the Drifters, is the rarely mentioned intangible of kids who grew up together and found a way to win together. For years, the Drifters sports machine has found a way to conquer larger, faster, and more experienced teams. “We have a lot of options this season, where last year, we never got a chance to change the lineup,” Foster said. “The girls we have this season are more competitive when it comes to competing for starting positions. I told my team to go out, and compete, and whatever happens out there, let it be.”
When you add into the equation the three current Drifter girls softball coaches (Keith Dickerson, Pat Ey, Scott Foster) who share varsity football coaching responsibilities, the possibilities for a smooth transition from the feeder level to the varsity has the potential of producing a complete player.
The Drifters began the season slow, because six members of the team were heavily involved in postseason basketball competition.
After starting the season off with two scrimmages against West Point, and Quantico, the Drifters will open the regular season at home in a non-district game against James Monroe, on Thursday, March 15. On April 11, the Drifters will have their first taste of conference competition against perennial cross-town rival Washington & Lee.