NAHS varsity softball team on path to redemption

  • Posted: 3/23/2013 3:34 PM
    6/1/2013 5:55 PM
NAHS varsity softball team on path to redemption
North Augusta High School's Chelsea Newman connects on a walk-off home run March 12 against South Aiken while teammate Kaleigh Busbee heads home from third base.

North Augusta High School's varsity softball had a perfect week to get itself back on track after a bumpy start.

The team was led by Meghan Whitfield, who started and won all three games against South Aiken, Midland Valley and Aiken.

"I don't know what to say about it," North Augusta head coach Derrick Quinn said. "She pitched really well. Especially the Midland Valley game, which went back-and-forth. From the fourth inning on she threw really good. When she throws really good, we've got a chance to win."

North Augusta won 11-1 over South Aiken, beat Midland Valley 5-4 and Aiken 14-1. The offense came alive for the Jackets (6-2, 2-1 Region 5-AAAA) at what is an opportune moment.

"We had a real good week hitting, and I'll tell you what, we had good production one through nine in the lineup," Quinn said. "Maddie Shiver probably had the most hits during the week, and I'd say she had six or seven hits. Kaleigh Busbee also had a good week at the plate and Jacquie Hill, I think, had five doubles during the week. Those three girls really put the bat to the ball."

Coming up the Jackets will have a hectic week, which will feature five straight games from Tuesday through Saturday. That will be Tuesday against Dutch Fork, at Swansea on Wednesday, host Lexington on Thursday and go on the road against Lexington on Friday and Cardinal Newman on Saturday.

"Rainouts are great," Quinn joked.

As far as conditioning is concerned, Quinn is sure that his team will be tested with the nonstop slate. However, he thinks it is a task that they'll rise up to.

"People are going to have to step up," he said. "I very seriously doubt that Meghan is going to be able to pitch all five games. So that means my No. 2 pitcher, Natalie Burke, is going to have to step up, and it's a big week for us. I believe we're ready for it, but we can't get too high or too low and just stay even and play good softball."