Lady Wolverines off to Hot Start in 2015

Lead story: Last year varsity was third in our region, and went to the first round of state playoffs. The 2015-2016 softball season is underway led by head coach Kortney Dempsey and assistant coach Angela Lack. … The girls have already played through August and are excited to win more games in September. … A few varsity players have stepped up to lead the team on and off the field. Coach Dempsey and Coach Lack push the girls to work hard and try their best to get better. … Laura Bishop, Alisha House, and Sofia Tunon are all freshman playing on the varsity team. They contribute to the overall goals of the team both in the box and on the field. They have all been playing softball 8-9 years and worked hard to make the varsity team. The players have to keep up with their grades and any other sports they play. The freshmen look at being on varsity as a privilege and a great experience. … The teams are made up of talented players ready to perform and dominate any competition that comes their way.

In case you missed it: Varsity won the Peachtree Ridge tournament on August 12-15. Varsity won their games 4-2, 1-0, 5-1, 5-1, and 8-5. Tunon hit two home runs and Bishop added another long ball in the tournament. The girls worked very hard to beat all of the other teams at the tournament. … Another accomplishment that should not be overlooked was the no-hitter thrown by freshman pitcher Laura Bishop against Kell in a 6-0 win. Bishop notched 13 strikeouts in her outstanding performance as well. … The Lady Wolverines held an impressive 10-1 record heading into their game against Creekview on August 31.

Wolverine(s) of the month: Senior Danielle Rubin, junior Breanna Roper and junior Lexi Solorzano are players that should be recognized this season for their leadership, commitment, and spirit to lead the Lady Wolverine way. These girls are very important to the team because of their hard work and dedication.

Quotable: “This is a group that is not afraid to work hard. They are exceptionally coachable, which makes things so much easier on us (the coaching staff). They definitely have a team-first mentality. This will be key to us continuing early season success throughout the year.” Assistant coach Lack on the team’s hot start and the characteristics this team possesses.

Off the diamond: All of the players are required to complete various amounts of volunteer hours in the off-season. They help pack lunches for a church program called MUST ministries. Doing volunteer work helps the team come together for a good cause. During their lunch period, the freshman fill up the water coolers on the field.

By the numbers: 22. The Lady Wolverines posted a 22-0 victory over Wheeler in only three innings on August 27.

Looking ahead: This season Coach Dempsey and the players would like to win a region title, move past the 2nd round, and ultimately be in the elite 8. If you are looking to join the team next season, Coach Dempsey is looking for well-rounded players, with a good attitude on and off the field, athleticism and players that want to play to win with a competitive edge. At tryouts, players are given three days to show off their skills and then cuts are posted. Woodstock’s biggest rivals are Etowah and Cherokee. …Woodstock’s home games during September are against Pope on the 3rd, Sequoyah on the 9th, and Lassiter on the 15th. Playoffs start on October 1st beginning with the Region Tournament, then Round 1 State Playoffs, then Round 3 State Playoffs, ending with the Elite 8 playoff on October 29th through the 31st. We are looking forward to a great season with our Wolverine softball players!

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