Lady Chargers close in on tourney host privileges

Published 9:08 am Friday, May 6, 2011

ISLE OF WIGHT—Isle of Wight Academy is one win away from hosting the Metro Conference Softball Tournament, which begins Tuesday, May 10.

Win or lose, the Lady Chargers, who are 9-0 in conference, should finish no worse than second and receive a first-round bye.

Coach Chris Hooper said the team would prepare for the post season by working on tough in-game scenarios during practice.

“We are trying to make situations in practice harder than ones they face in a game,” he said. “We’re trying to cover weak spots. We are focusing on weak spots and making them strengths.”

With a record of 11-1 overall, IWA played conference foe Broadwater Academy Thursday night; results of the game were not available by press time. The team will play Windsor High School Monday.

In action from Wednesday, IWA eighth-grade pitcher Bailey Key struck out six and gave up three hits on less-than-stellar field conditions to lead the Lady Chargers to a 13-1 victory over Alliance Christian.

“It was her first start,” Hooper said. “We wanted to use her and thought it was a good day to throw her in.”

Key pitched a complete five-inning game and only really struggled to gain footing on a muddy circle.

“I’m glad we got the game in, but it was a little sloppy,” Hooper said. “The pitching circle was a slip and slide.”

Key also went 3-for-3 with three RBIs and two runs. Kenzie Connor went 2-for-3 with three RBIs and Brook Small went 2-for-4, had one RBI and scored twice.

In action from Monday, pitcher Shelby Jurewicz struck out eight en route to an 8-0 victory over Atlantic Shores Christian School.

The sophomore pitched a complete game shutout and gave up six hits to improve her record to 4-0 on the season.

The win was an improvement defensively for the Lady Chargers after they gave up eight runs in a previous win against the Virginia Beach school.

“Our defense is near where we’d like it to be,” Hooper said Wednesday.

Bailey Key went 2-for-3 from the plate, scoring a run, and Brooke Small went 3-for-3, scoring two runs.