In one of the best and earliest signs that there are “normal” days ahead for the 2020-21 school year, the North Atlanta Lady Warriors softball team opened the season with a “run-rule” 15-5 win over neighboring school, Holy Innocents. It was just two years ago that Holy Innocents beat North Atlanta 10-2, so your North Atlanta softball squad is seeking to soar to new heights this season.
In the season-opening win, the team was led by a multi-year Warriors star and an assemblage of young talent that has softball observers taking notice. Senior Emily McGreevey pitched four innings allowing no earned runs to notch her first win of the season. As for the youth on the team, five of the nine starters were either freshmen or sophomores. Three of the freshmen, leadoff hitter Leela Langston, second baseman Taylor Ryan and third baseman Sarah Storsteen, got their first good taste of high school athletics when they all had hits in the second inning when the Warriors stretched their lead from 1-0 to 8-0.
Not to be outdone by the shining freshmen, the scintillating sophomores, CeCe Smith and Mia Alarcon, only drove in eight runs between them, while each getting three hits. Smith also pitched the last inning to get the “not really a” save.
Shining in the field were catcher Jillian Dacey, who threw out a runner that the heat-challenged ump happened to miss, and left fielder Katherine McWhirter, who patrolled the area like a two-hour lawn mower session.
Right fielder Reese Linton added to the hit parade, while Daishalyn Satcher got dizzy running around the bases scoring three times. Finally, a fourth freshman, Tori Bickerstaff, made her North Atlanta debut in the kickoff game.
With the Lady Warriors team being led by North Atlanta baseball coach Ricky Plante and assistant gem Wren Williams, the softball ship is headed in the right direction. There are many formidable tests ahead, but this North Atlanta softball team will be one to watch. The majority of the starters also play “travel softball” in the offseason, but it will be fun, new travels for all of your Lady Warriors coming up.