Lady Statesmen improve on diamond

Published 7:30 pm Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Randolph-Henry High School’s varsity softball team suffered two more losses last week but grew in offensive effectiveness from one game to the next.

“The girls are improving day by day,” Lady Statesmen Head Coach Amy Hamlett said. “I see a big change in them, and now we are beginning to play as a team.”

On May 2, the Lady Statesmen visited Amelia County High School and lost 9-0.

“We were putting the ball in play, but it went right to someone every time,” Hamlett said. “We also had good hits but could not get the hits to continue after one another.”

Juniors Anna Grace Cary and Hannah Pasciuta each hit a double, and freshman Leighan Payne contributed a single.

On Thursday, Randolph-Henry visited Cumberland High School and fell 7-5.

“This was a very good, tight game,” Hamlett said. “The girls never gave up and kept fighting to the end.”

Cary hit a home run and a double, the latter nearly becoming another home run as the ball hit the fence.

Senior Kimberly Horsfall, who recorded a single and a double, was the starting pitcher for the Lady Statesmen. She was relieved by a freshman who was pulled up from the junior varsity squad — Megan Davis.

Also producing a single and a double was Pasciuta, and her double drove in Payne. Junior Shelby Meyer executed two sacrifice bunts, junior Anna Pasciuta had a single and an RBI.

“Casey Arrington had two beautiful slap bunts and got on both times,” Hamlett said.

Horsfall and senior JaKya Pettus both reached base by walks.

Randolph-Henry (1-12) hosts Prince Edward County High School on Thursday at 6 p.m., visits the Lady Eagles on Monday at 5 p.m. and visits Buckingham County High School on Tuesday at 5 p.m.