Entering this week, the Apalachee High School softball team is viewing the scenery from on top of the Region 8-AAAAAA mountain.
The Lady Wildcats are the lone undefeated team in region play with a 5-0 mark. AHS is also 9-3 overall and playing solid softball.
“We’ve had some quality performances from several players,” said coach Matt Allen. “This team believes it can win and we hope to continue the level of play we have been competing at.”
A 9-8 win against Lanier High School on Aug. 30 is still fresh on every player’s mind. The Lady Wildcats trailed 8-3 going into the bottom of the seventh inning but rallied for what seemed like an improbable victory. That rally was symbolic of the team effort AHS has benefited from in 2016. Alexis Wheeler had a three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh before freshman Madyson Coe delivered the game-winning RBI, scoring Alexis Griffith, another freshman.
Grace Hedges had a big contest with a solo homer in the Lanier game and Kayla Brown pitched 4.1 innings in relief, including three scoreless frames.
Even with that game still on their minds, the Lady Wildcats returned to the field on Sept. 1 and defeated Dacula High School 2-1.
Savannah Butler is the team’s top pitcher and has been solid in most of her outings in the pitcher’s circle.
Going into this week, AHS was 5-0 in region play followed by Lanier at 4-1. Those two teams will meet again on Sept. 20. Dacula and Winder-Barrow are both 2-2. The Lady Bulldoggs were upset by Habersham Central 11-10 last week.
Habersham entered this week 2-4 in region play while Gainesville is 0-6.
Upcoming games for AHS include a non-region contest at Monroe Area Wednesday (today) at 5:30 p.m. and a road region game at Gainesville Thursday, also at 5:30 p.m.
The Lady Wildcats will play two games Saturday at Georgia Gwinnett College against Jones County (10 a.m.) and Mary Persons (1 p.m.)
For now, the key for the team is to keep working and to stay focused, its coach said.
“It’s been a great start, but we have a lot of softball to go,” Allen said. “We don’t want to be satisfied with what we’ve done to this point.”