, 2014


Lady Devils will have a
strong defense, says coach

by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

Coach Dave Zeiler has four big holes to fill on his varsity softball team after losing two pitchers, a first baseman and an outfielder off last year’s squad.

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From left, members of Lancaster High's varsity softball team are (front row) Allison Savoy, Mikayla Meadows, Brittany Jones, Kelly Montgomery and Brook Reed; (next row) Kelli Tignor, Aliyah Hill, Le'Aira Kelley, Emily Lux and Alexis Reed. Katherine Keyser is also on the team. Photo by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

However, he returns five, including a couple of infielders, catchers and pitchers, which should make for a solid infield.

“We’ll have a strong defense,” he said. “We have a pretty good field.”

Zeiler has a pitching staff of four led by senior returner Brittany Jones and sophomore returner Mikayla Meadows. Junior returner Brook Reed and junior JV grad Le’Aira Kelley will also pitch. Despite having a full staff, Zeiler says “pitching is still a work in progress,” after losing starter Brooke Hudnall off last year’s team.

When she’s not pitching, Jones will catch and when Reed’s not pitching, she’ll catch or play outfield.

Senior Katherine Keyser returns to start at second, while junior Kelli Tignor is back to start at third. Meadows will also play in the infield.

Kelley is an all-around player, who’ll get time on the mound as well as in the outfield and infield. Junior Kelly Montgomery is also a JV grad, who’ll play in the outfield, along with sophomore Alexis Reed. Reed is also up from last year’s JV team, along with sophomore infielder Allison Savoy.

Junior Emily Lux and senior Aliya Hill are both new to the program and will play infield and outfield.

The Lady Devils were scheduled to open regular season play today at home on the first day of spring (March 20) against Gloucester. That game may not happen courtesy of late winter storms that moved through Virginia on Monday. In fact, winter weather has kept the players off the field more than Zeiler and assistant coach Gary Gilbert would have liked.

“We’re not getting in as much practice time as we need to, but neither is anybody else,” said Zeiler. “This weather has everybody at an equal disadvantage.”

Lancaster plays its home games at Dream Fields near Kilmarnock and will host West Point on Tuesday, March 25.

SCHEDULE

March 20 Gloucester

March 25 West Point

April 1 at West Point

April 4-5 Dream Fields Tournament

April 8 at Colonial Beach

April 10 Rappahannock

April 22 at Essex

April 24 at Mathews

April 25 at Middlesex

April 29 at Washington & Lee

May 2 Northumberland

May 6 at Rappahannock

May 8 Essex

May 13 Colonial Beach

May 15 Washington & Lee

May 20 at Northumberland

May 22 Mathews

May 28 Conference #43 Tournament at Dream Fields


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