Published On: Wed, May 7th, 2014

Lady Warriors finish winning regular season

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Coach Rick Hartzell leads his Lady Warriors into the playoffs at Pendleton County on Thursday at 4:30 p.m.

Coach Rick Hartzell leads his Lady Warriors into the playoffs at Pendleton County on Thursday at 4:30 p.m.

In a dramatic turnaround, the Lady Warriors improved their regular season record by 700 percent over last season. The PCHS softball squad finished out their regular season with a 19-6 win at Webster County last Friday to secure a winning 7-6 record. Last season, the team won just one game.

Boosted by a positive coaching staff and loyal fans, the Lady Warriors now enter the post-season and face a monumental challenge. The Lady Warriors play their arch-rivals, the

PCHS third baseman Emily Boothe and pitcher Bobbie McNabb have worked hard to help make the Lady Warriors a winning team this season.

PCHS third baseman Emily Boothe and pitcher Bobbie McNabb have worked hard to help make the Lady Warriors a winning team this season.

powerhouse Pendleton County Lady Wildcats, on Thursday in the first round of sectional play. The Wildcats defeated PCHS in both games of a doubleheader on April 7.

If the Lady Warriors lose both games on Thursday, they are out of the playoffs. If PCHS splits with Pendleton, they will live to play another day but, in the oddly configured West Virginia playoffs, they would match up again against Pendleton County. If the Lady Warriors sweep the doubleheader, they would advance to a regional game against an opponent yet to be determined.

Whatever happens on Thursday, fans should be very happy with the team’s improved performance this season. And things are really looking up for the young Lady Warriors. Next season, the team will be minus just one senior – Bethany Arbogast – and have a great crop of younger players ready to step up and lead the team to the next level.

Where that level will be is entirely up to the Lady Warriors. If they continue to support each other, play as a team and honor the sport by giving 100 percent, the next level will be a regional victory and a trip to the state playoffs.

 

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