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CB Drifters softball takes a giant step forward

On June 4, East Rockingham defeated the Drifters 22-1, ending their season in the VHSL Group A Division I softball quarterfinals. East Rockingham eventually lost to Honaker in the semi-finals, 2-1, and Honaker went on to defeat Madison County, 3-1 to win the championship.
Historically, the 2013 season marked a milestone in the Drifters softball record books. After finishing fifth in the Northern Neck with a 10-14, 2-8 record, the Drifters embarked on their first ever post-season journey. As a third seed in the Region A Championship, they defeated top seed Middlesex 9-0, and second seed Sussex, 9-2, before losing to Rappahannock 7-0 in the Region A, Division 1 Championship. However, their regional post-season efforts earned them an invitation to the coveted state championship, where they met their eventual fate to East Rockingham.

“Just having the opportunity for Colonial Beach softball to be on that level, that stage, says that we’ve come a long way,” Drifter head softball coach Scott Foster said. “However, we will continue building with the hope of achieving the ultimate prize.”

After years of living in the shadows of their male Drifter baseball counterparts, the Drifters softball team has finally made a name for itself. The fact that they have taken a giant step from winning a few games three years ago to representing their school in a state championship speaks volumes for the vision of the Drifters coaching staff. “If your goal is not to make the playoff, and win a state championship, then I don’t know why you would chose to coach,” Foster said.

Among the returning players who will play a key role in the future of the program are Emily Parks, who led the Drifters with a .410 batting average, 14 runs, 25 hits, 16 RBIs, three homeruns, in 61 plate appearances, over a span of 20 games.  Deniya Newman will also return next season. After 20 games, Newman finished the season with a .388 batting average, 16 RBIs, 26 hits, 26 runs, two homeruns, and 67 at-bats. Both Drifter standouts were selected to the Northern Neck Second Team All-District.

Arguably the biggest hurdle the Drifters will face will be the loss of Drifter pitcher Karley Inscoe. Inscoe has courageously led the Drifters on the field as their top pitcher for the last three seasons. “Although we’re losing four seniors, she is the number one player we have to replace,” Foster said. “Whoever replaces her will have some big shoes to fill. While we have other pitchers on staff, they do not have Karley’s game experience.” Inscoe raised the bar on commitment with her contributions to the Drifters sports programs (basketball, cheerleading, softball). She will be missed.

Leonard Banks
Sports editor

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