History makers end season
A historic season ended in a bitter loss for Colonial Beach’s own softball team last week in the Group A Division 1 State Tournament.
On June 4, the Colonial Beach fell on the road in the state softball quarterfinals to Region B champion East Rockingham, 22-1. Both teams were scoreless in the first two innings of play after some tough defense, but struggles on offense.
It wasn’t until the bottom of the third inning when East Rockingham went on to score three runs and later extend the Colonial Beach deficit. The Lady Drifters recorded close to eight errors in the fourth inning leading to a 13-0 lead for East Rockingham at the end of four complete innings.
Taylor Lee is embraced by teammate Emily Parks after the Colonial Beach Softball Team won the school’s first region playoff game.
Head Coach Scott Foster said by the fifth inning, he began to sub in his players. In no game this season has the Drifters scored 13 runs in a game, Foster said, adding that he didn’t think his girls would start in the state quarterfinals.
In his final message to the team, Foster said he didn’t want to overshadow the blow out loss with their historical season. For the first time in school history, Colonial Beach sent a team to the state softball tournament.
“You don’t want to take what you did away and that’s being the first team out of Colonial Beach to reach the state playoffs in softball,” Foster said. “That’s a huge accomplishment for Colonial Beach.”
Foster said outside of the softball season most of his girls do not play at any other time in comparisons to their competition during the playoffs and regular season. Most of his players just finished playing either volleyball, basketball or cheerleading.
“Take all of them other schools in the Northern Neck and they’ve got girls that specialize in that sport. I don’t have that,” Foster said. “To know what I get every year, I couldn’t be anymore happier.”
On the same day, Rappahannock fell in the opening round to the visiting Region B runners-up Riverheads, 4-2, eliminating the Raiders from the Group A Division 1 State Baseball Tournament; and in the Northern Neck District and Group A Division 1 Softball Tournament, Region A Champ Rappahannock fell at home in 10 innings to Region B runners up Madison County, 3-0. The losses put both teams out of contention for a state title.
Colonial Beach and Rappahannock would’ve had a chance to meet in the state finals on June 8 in Salem. Honaker went on to win the state finals defeating Madison County 3-1, and in baseball Riverheads defeated William Campbell, 5-0.