Softball swings winning record, runs to playoffs Tuesday, May 15, 2012 By DUBRAY KINNEY
Varsity softball rampaged through the season, with a winning record launching them into post-season history and memorable plays throughout. With the regional playoffs in sight, the Lady Wolverines held the line against the Frederick High School Cadets, taking them down with a score of 11 to 5 on May 10. "Their record does not necessarily represent their talent level," varsity coach and health teacher Jody Tyler said about playing teams from Frederick. The Lady Wolverines brought the heat for their final game of the season, taking on the Magruder High School Colonels, at the Mill. The Colonels found the Lady Wolverines to be too much, with the home team winning 6-2. "We came out really aggresive," Tyler said. Coming off the Seneca Valley High Scool loss, the Lady Wolverines downed the Bethesda Chevy-Chase Barons 15 to 6 on May 5, with the game only lasting five innings due to the high score. Highlights included senior Madelyn Niffenegger hitting a three runs batted in (RBI) triple in the first inning which concluded with the Lady Wolverines up by 11 points. Unfortunately, the Lady Wolverines fell to the Seneca Valley Screamin’ Eagles with a score of 9-0 on April 30. Even with a loss notched on their belt, the team still looked forward to their May 2 match against the Barons. In a junior varsity/varsity doubleheader, the Damascus Hornets fell to the Lady Wolverines, who overpowered them with a score of 10-0 on April 25. The game brought their season record down to 6 wins and 5 losses. "We’re really going to have to put the ball in play," Tyler added about playing the Hornets in the future. On April 17, the Northwood Gladiators came to the Mill, only to leave in defeat after the Lady Wolverines managed to overcome them in a thrilling match-up, ending the game with a score of 3-2. After breaking even, the Quince Orchard Cougars managed to edge out the Lady Wolverines, winning 9-8 on April 11. Coming off the loss, the Lady Wolverines wiped out the Wheaton Knights, with a score of 24 to 1, a season-high 23 point margin of victory. The game took place on April 14. With two losses and a rocky start to their season, the Lady Wolverines ripped into the Springbrook Blue Devils on March 27, winning 15-4 and shortly afterwards going onto a tear, taking down the Clarksburg Coyotes 9-6, in the game taking place on March 29.