The St. Georges softball team has wrapped up another successful, winning season, and has earned the Team of the Year title from the Middletown Transcript.
Head Coach Roger Seedorf said he was very proud of his team after their phenomenal year, "This was our second year in a row as Blue Hen Flight "B" Champions, and our best season ever as a varsity program, which is quite young in only our fourth year. This was our 1st trip to the quarterfinals of the DIAA state tournament, and the most players we ever had recognized for All - Conference Honors." The Lady Hawks had seven 1st team selections, two 2nd team picks, and 1 Honorable Mention, and most players honored at the All-State level (4), as well as 3 seniors selected to the annual Blue - Gold senior game.
Seedorf said some of the keys to their success has been players helping each other improve and, "always remaining positive, and a sense of team among our players. Our seniors did a tremendous job of leading the team and setting the example for the other players, and the parental/guardian support for this team has been outstanding. I know all of us would like to pinpoint a few keys to a highly successful softball program, but there are so many aspects that need to come together for that to happen, it is a tribute to everyone involved for the outstanding season that we had."
Regarding the post-season loss to Caravel, Seedorf said, "our team made some outstanding plays, battled at every opportunity, and never gave up, which is the culture our team lived by throughout the season. I am very proud of our team and I believe they proved they are among the top competitive teams in the state. This game will only make our team and program better in the future."
*St. Georges had the most runs scored of any team in the state - 269 and was 3rd in the state for least runs scored on them, only 21.
*Gabby Clark, our senior pitcher, had her highest number of strikeouts in a season at 156, and a career strikeout record of 561. She also posted her lowest regular season ERA of .740.
*The team batted .474 for the season with 4 players batting over .500 for the season: Emilee Thursby, Sarah Coyne, Haley Powers, and Lexi Baughman.
*Sarah Coyne led all batters in RBIs and Extra Base Hits. Sarah Coyne recorded the first over the fence home run for St. Georges, while Haley Powers hit the first grand slam for St. Georges, and Katie Sterling hit the first home run over the fence at St. Georges.
Page 2 of 2 - *Nicole Musser remained the leader in stolen bases for all 4 years with 17 this year and a career record of 88.
*Defensively, the team allowed only 21 runs for the regular season with only 12 errors. 4 year starter and Senior center fielder Nicole Musser never had an error her entire career at St. Georges and 4 year starter and senior infielder Emilee Thursby only had 3 errors at 2nd base her entire career at St. Georges.
*Two players will play college softball; Noelle Edwards as catcher for Coppin State University and Emilee Thursby at Stevenson University.
*Three seniors played in the Senior Blue Gold All Star game - Gabby Clark, Caitlyn Lloyd, and Emilee Thursby.