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Softball Slides into New Season

Senior Laura Shelton expertly hitting the ball Photo: Mr. Shelton

Senior Laura Shelton has played on the varsity team all four years of high school.
Photo: Mr. Shelton

Cleaning off the bits of dirt from the bottom of her metal cleats, junior Presley Marxmiller sits in the dugout with unwavering focus. Batting with a team-high average of .625, Presley has been both consistent and extraordinary behind the plate, according to assistant coach Jewell Marable.

Softball requires a level of high competition and a confident mindset throughout all the innings. “Softball is a program that needs rebuilding and because of that, we need a positive outlook and enter each game with confidence,” second baseman and junior Katie Brown said. Being one of the main sports of the fall season, softball attracts many fans. Math teacher Jason Smith describes the sport as “a nice way to spend a sunny afternoon,” but it isn’t all sunshine and smiles.

Pace Athletics moved up to the 3AAA class this year and that in itself can strain the team, on top of the grueling practices and far distances they have to travel. These lengthy bus rides to away games and tough tournaments bring the team closer together. Junior Sarah Treadway, new to the team, says it “allows each player to get better acquainted with one another as people and team members.”

These team members include four experienced seniors: Lizabeth Frohwein, Sari Leven, Julia Robison and Laura Shelton. Lizabeth pitched a perfect game and shutout against Stone Mountain High School on August 23, with a total of 15 strikeouts, according to Coach Marable. Julia and Laura have been with the program since their freshman year. All four seniors are passionate about their sport and serve as exceptional role models to the younger players on the team.

This varsity team will get to know what it feels like to finally have their own field next season. A softball field will be added adjacent to the baseball field at the Riverview Road Athletics Complex, and a new indoor locker room will separate the two fields. After Pace sold the fields at Warren road, the softball team has been playing on the baseball field at Riverview Road. The baseball field was altered to fit the standards of a softball field, but the makeshift field doesn’t seem to present a problem because it “looks and plays so well” according to head coach Courtney Morrison.

This softball team got off to a rough start, but is dominating their region competition currently with big wins against Stone Mountain, Redan, Towers, North Cobb and McNair. They have a 4-3 win-loss record in the league, with narrow losses against Providence Christian, Lovett and Cedar Grove. This team is making a strong comeback and their playoff chances are looking very good.