SHS girls’ season ends

Published 11:16 am Wednesday, May 30, 2012

COURTLAND—After a regular season with one loss, the Southampton High School softball team’s second loss ended their season.

The Lady Indians fell 9-0 to Culpeper in the opening round of the Region I playoffs on Monday.

Culpeper used 10 walks, a pair of errors and four hits in the first four innings to build up an 8-0 lead and cruise to a berth in the state qualifying round of playoffs.

The Lady Indians faced the Battlefield District pitcher of the year in Miranda Cropp. She struck out 11 Indians.

The Lady Indians struggled to put the bat on the ball, getting four hits. They were held hitless for the next five innings, and managed a two-out hit in the seventh.

They were unable to crack the scoreboard for the first time all season, ending their season at 16-2.

“It was a great season,” said Southampton Coach Susan Melbye. “ We have a great team against Culpepper. Their pitcher was hitting her spots. We will take the things that we need to work on and keep improving for next year.”

Ashlee Buehner, Marisa Cabell, Candace Earls, Katie Ferguson and Kaylee Harris played their final game as Indians.

“To my seniors, I have enjoyed all my time with you as coach. I am so very proud of them. It will be very difficult to move forward losing those girls; it seems like they’ve been here forever. They have made a huge impact on this program.”