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Drifters stifle Yellow Jackets

Nothing will come easy for the Lady Drifter varsity softball team (1-1) this season. A testament to their true grit and ability to overcome adversity was their non-district 3-2 victory over Battlefield District foe James Monroe (1-1) last Thursday in the hostile confines of the Yellow Jacket Hive.
Freshman pitcher Karley Inscoe’s standout performance of pitching out of four potential run-producing innings against James Monroe is a sign that a solid foundation is being built with each passing game. Inscoe finished the game with 11 strikeouts, giving up four hits, three walks and only one run. Her nemesis, Yellow Jacket sophomore Kathleen MacInobe also had a solid game with nine strikeouts, eight hits, zero walks and three runs.
The Drifters demonstrated the often forgotten intangible of poise under fire. Whenever James Monroe showed a semblance a rally, Inscoe and company dug their heels in deep — thwarting any attempts of Yellow Jacket offense.

Danielle Galloway started the Drifters offense by hitting a double on the first pitch of the game. Galloway scored later in the inning from a double hit by teammate Kristina Smallwood. Galloway would finish the game with two hits (double, single), and two scores. Smallwood finished the game with a two hits (RBI-double, hit).
In the third inning, the Drifters completed their scoring after a double hit by Destiny Allison scored Galloway and a Yellow Jacket throwing error that scored Allison.
In the bottom of the fourth and fifth innings, James Monroe relentlessly tempted fate as they failed to produce runs with players on base. However, in the bottom of the sixth inning with the bases loaded and one out, Ashley Taggert grounded out, producing the lone run for the Yellow Jackets. Inscoe shrugged off the minor mishap by throwing a low inside fastball to Allison Gates that produced the final out of the inning.
In the midst of an approaching storm, the Drifters realized it would be a do or die situation as they faced the bottom of the Yellow Jackets batting order — and a precarious 3-1 lead.
After the first two batters reached base to an error and hit, Inscoe struck out Tamera Howard. Moments later Leeann Zeus loaded the bases with a single. With the momentum on their side, James Monroe rallied for another run, courtesy of a RBI single by Tatiana Turner. Turner would finish the game with one RBI, two hits, and four stolen bases. With a partisan Yellow Jacket crowd cheering from the top of their lungs for a miraculous victory, Inscoe bravely struck out next batter — who coincidentally happened to be the pitcher, MacInobe. The Yellow Jackets’ final hope (Daequana Bryant) quickly disappeared as she grounded out, giving the Drifters their first win of the season.
Other Drifters who produced offensively were Carley Inscoe (1-3, triple) and Erica Willford (2-4, one stolen base).
Previously, James Monroe recorded its first win of the season with a 5-3 victory over Manassas Park.
The Drifters will travel to play the Maryland School for the Death April 13 at 5 p.m. On April 15, the Drifters will host James Monroe at Monroe Park — game-time is 6 p.m. 

Leonard M. Banks
Sports Editor

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