Lady Eagles Beat Damascus, Advance to Regional Semis vs. Westminster
At the end of the regular season, last Monday, Seneca Valley’s softball team was at a tipping point. The team had just gotten shut-out by cross-town rival Northwest and finished the regular season with a 7-8 record. Head Coach Brittney Curry could sense the team’s angst as the post-season loomed.
“I saw that they were getting frustrated with each other, and decided that rather than practice, we’d spend 45 minutes as a team and just talk,” said Curry. The Lady Eagles opened up to each other about difficulties on the field and minor misunderstandings. The Seneca Valley team has a wide range of players, of the twelve core varsity players there are three seniors, three juniors, four sophomores, and two freshmen.
“The team has gone from being a little team, to more of a family,” said Curry, “We are now at a point where if somebody needs help the rest of the team is there for them. We had a nice team talk the other day which really helped us going into the Damascus game. A lot of the lower classmen acknowledged that they needed help with some things on the field and the junior and senior girls stayed after practice for 45 minutes and helped them improve their game.”
The meeting had the desired effect.
The Lady Eagles opened the post-season with a 6-0 victory over Poolesville on Thursday, to advance to the second round against an old rival, Damascus. The Hornets had finished the regular season with a 10-6 record and were the top seed in the playoff bracket, earning a first-round bye.
On Monday afternoon, the Lady Eagles beat the Hornets 10-3 to advance to the 3A West Regional Semi-Finals against Westminster on Wednesday, May 18.