JV softball gets mojo back

Published 12:28 pm Tuesday, March 21, 2023

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By Brian Pitts

Enterprise Record

After losing three in a row, Davie’s JV softball team got its mojo back last week.

The War Eagles looked wobbly in the middle innings against visiting Northwest Guilford on March 13, but they rallied for a 12-11 win in a game that had plenty of offensive fireworks.

Davie led 5-2 before finding itself down 10-5 in the fifth. In the sixth, Davie scored four runs to force a tie at 10. The Vikings regained an 11-10 lead in the top of the seventh. Davie answered with two of its own and it won with flair.

With the score knotted 11-11, Abby Lankford rifled a double over the left fielder to plate the clinching run.

“All the girls did really well,” coach Mike Foster said. “They came together when they needed to. They never got down on themselves. They kept believing and kept pushing.”

Chloe Smith (5 for 5) and Lankford, who reached base in all five at-bats, were terrific offensively.

“Abby’s stick has been hot all season,” Foster said. “She was about seven feet short of hitting a home run (in the seventh).”

Gracie Garwood took over at shortstop while Madison Lewis was sidelined by injury, and she more than held her own.

“Gracie made some really good plays,” varsity coach Nathan Handy said.

“Gracie is having to fill some big shoes because Madison does a great job at shortstop,” Foster said.

Davie 10, Montour 3

Three days later, the War Eagles (4-3) beat the Montour Spartans from Pennsylvania.

“We played a really good game and Montour had a decent pitcher,” Handy said. “We were hitting her well.”

Lankford starred again at the plate.

“Abby’s bat has been so hot,” Handy said. “Her average is probably around .750. She’s put a lot of work in, and it shows. We pulled her up (against Montour’s varsity) just in case we needed a pinch-hitter.”

Handy said Ava Tomlinson looked good at the plate and Delaney Parsons cruised in the circle.

“Delaney pitched really well,” he said. “She was on her game.”

This game marked the return of Lewis, which “was a big help,” Handy said.