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After a very successful 9-9 softball season from the Broadwater Lady Vikings and first-year head coach Dale Wright, the team earned its way into the VISAA state tournament.
The Vikings defeated Portsmouth Christian in the Metro-Conference semifinals and then faced Atlantic Shores Christian in the Metro-Conference Championship game. The Vikings finished second in the conference tournament and then headed to Sutherland, Va., to play Kingston Forest in the quarterfinals of the state tournament.
The Vikings fought hard but lost 11-3. Hard work would pay off however as the Lady Vikings earned several Metro-All Conference First Team awards. Taylor Leland, Chloe Hall, Kacee Ford, and Ramsey Revell all earned first team honors for outstanding pitching, hitting, and defensive play this season.
Leland led the team and was second in the conference with a .539 batting average and also finished second for player of the year. Hall and Ford shined on defense all year and Ford, an eighth grader, did damage at the plate as well batting over .360 for the season. Revell, a freshman pitcher, was solid all year with a 2.50 ERA in conference play. The team had solid hitting all year from Harlin Johnson and Suzanna Long.
Defensively, Molly Brown, Sophie Galivan, and Haley Nalls each had a successful year. The Lady Vikings are a young squad and will return seven starters next year, looking to improve on this year’s success.