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The tradition starts with the first KGMS softball team ever

Welcome to the beginning of a new age in Fox athletics! For the first time in King George County’s history, King George Middle School will field a softball team and baseball team. Billie Jo Derrow will have the distinction of being the team’s first head coach. Derrow is credited with leading the King George High School (KGHS) softball team to a Battlefield District Championship. Combined with her experience, and her assistant Jennifer Chambers’ coaching expertise, the team will have the leadership to groom them to the next level. “I am thoroughly excited about the talent we have at the middle school,” Derrow said. “They have shown both of us that they have what it takes to win on this level during practice this week.”

Derrow created victories during her coaching tenure at KGHS. She is adamant about establishing a winning tradition that will carry over into the junior varsity and varsity softball ranks. “I feel lucky to get a chance to come down here, and actually coach these girls, and become a part of a new tradition—this is history in the making,” Derrow said.

After years of proposals to the King George School Board from various members in the community, the measure was finally adopted to bring the programs to reality. “Members (coaches, teachers, volunteers) from the community have tried for years to get a baseball team here, but each proposal continued to get shot down,” Derrow said. “We had people who volunteered to coach, and buy uniforms, but finally in the face of a small budget, the proposal was unanimously passed. Now that we have the team, we are ready to go.”

Competing for starting position will be an ongoing process; however, Derrow will start the following players on Saturday during their first scrimmage of the season: Kristin Halter (outfield), Juliet Truslow (pitcher, short-stop); Summer Knop (catcher, outfield), Kaylee Wright (catcher, third base), Morgan Daltor (first base), Erin Baker (pitcher, second base), Caitlyn Crossman (second base, pitcher), Leona Gaither (outfield), Taylor Sabor (outfield). “We are going to field the best nine to 10 players, and that will include a continuous rotation,” Derrow said.

Interestingly, the team has a wealth of experience. Derrow will inherit players who played in the Little League State Championship, and travel softball.

In addition, the softball team is supported by a vast network of sports professionals that include the King George Middle School Boosters, KGHS varsity softball head coach Renee Parker, and KGHS junior varsity head coach, Todd Knop.

The team has been accepted into the Northern Neck District. Their competition will include the following middle school programs: Colonial Beach, Montross, Lancaster, Northumberland, Walker Grant (non-district), Caroline (non-district).

On Saturday, at 9 a.m., the Foxes middle school softball team will host a softball bash. Among the notable VIPs attending will be the King George Middle School Boosters and the King George School Board.

King George Middle School baseball head coach Yachechko has been contacted by The Journal for the purpose of a preview write-up, but he has not replied with information regarding his team.

Leonard Banks
Sports editor

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