By Scott Richards
With only two seniors, the Cavalier Softball team looked like it was going to be a bleak year, but the drive that each player, as well as the team as a whole, displayed made up for their lack of experience.
Facing a building year, the Lady Cavs ended the season with a 7-12 record, showing the mettle that earned them the moniker, “The War Machine.” They just never gave up.
In the beginning of the season, the lack of experience showed up as they started out 0-5, but came back with a vengeance to win their next three games. Again facing some of the teams they had played in the beginning of the season, they went 0-5. By this time the Lady Cavs had become a strong team, encouraging one another and moving forward winning four of their last five games.
Led by Seniors Blake Seal, who pitched and played third base, and India Holmes, who played shortstop, younger players began to shine and carry much of the responsibility of the teamwork that made them the success they were.
In addition to stopping up the midfield against opposing batters, Holmes led the offense, batting 0.473 with an on-base average of 0.530 in addition to scoring 17 runs, stealing eight bases and collecting 24 RBI.
Bria Malloy at second base proved to be the Lady Cavalier to watch in the coming seasons. A heavy at-bat with a 0.440 batting average, Malloy was on base 53 percent of the time, and in addition to scoring 19 runs, she stole 11 bases and had seven RBI.
Catcher Allison Morrow was solid behind the plate all season in addition to a 0.438 batting average with three runs, a 0.440 on-base average and 19 RBI.
Center fielder Cassandra Cooper showed her stuff at the plate with a 0.333 batting average, getting on base with an on-base average of 0.485 that led to 20 runs aided by 11 stolen bases. Cooper accumulated 11 RBI.
The bullpen looks to be strong in coming seasons with “Super Sophomore” Summer Simulcik leading the way, throwing her 55 mph versions of several pitches.
Going out strong, Seal ascended the mound and showed opponents how she could strike them out.
Madison Woody rounded out the bullpen, pitching when she was not being the utility person, playing third and outfield.
The senior captains, Holmes and Seal, faced a tough year, but through their leadership and team encouragement, had the opportunity to witness the beginnings of a dynasty in softball at Caroline High School.