The Frederick Lady Bombers are keeping consistent by maintaining a winning record this summer. The team has been playing a good game for the most part of summer fastpitch, but has a great game in them that needs to be present during the fall softball season.
On July 23 the Lady Bombers led off against Hollis.
Kalyn Grice pitched for Frederick. “She threw a good game,” stated head coach Miles Smith.
At the plate there was some strong talent showcased. Among Lady Bombers who earned hits are Mikeala Bray, Cordelle Elsener and Emily Wasinger.
“It wasn’t quite as sharp of a game as I wanted, but it was still a pretty well played ballgame,” Smith commented. Frederick shot down Hollis 8-0.
Later that evening the Lady Bombers challenged Navajo.
Emily Wasinger threw a no-hitter and walked one batter.
The Lady Bombers played only two innings, scoring nine of their twelve total runs in the first inning. “That’s the team I want to see every time. When we can play and stay focused like that on a regular, consistent basis – they are really fun to watch. We ran the bases well and had consistency at the plate,” stated the coach, recalling the game. Coach Smith was very please with his team’s performance. He shared “We were sharp, focused and the girls really put it on them. I’d like us to stay at that level consistently. I’d like for the team to keep that focus and demeanor that was present in this particular game. I’d like to have that mentality every single game in the fall.”
Frederick pounced on Navajo 12-0.
The Lady Bombers played another doubleheader on July 26.
They took the field against Hydro in the first game.
Kalyn Grice led the defense from the pitchers circle. According to Smith “It wasn’t her best performance. She was off just a little bit. She wasn’t hitting her spots quite the way she normally does and her ball wasn’t moving quite the way it usually does. But she still threw good enough to win. Everybody has a day like that, though.”
Mikeala Bray and Emily Howard were important leaders in this game. Bray helped encourage the spirit of the infielders to keep focused while Howard did the same duty for the outfield. The offense stepped up to the challenge in the second inning. Examining the game, the head coach said “We were just a little off offensively. There were a few bad at-bats.”
He believes that Frederick played a good game, but could’ve played a stronger game with Emily Wasinger present. The coach gave her credit for igniting the spirit of the team as a leader. “Her attitude and demeanor, how seniors focus up, that’s how those younger players follow [the leadership]. That’s how life works. Finally we got it down in this game. Mikeala Bray, Emily Howard and Savanha Smith all hit well. Sydney Gaither started hitting the ball like I’m expecting her to do. She’s new, getting her feet wet and finding her place with the team. In this game I started to see her become who she is as a player. I really believe she’s a good hitter and in this game she got a couple of really good hits. I think she can do that regularly, but it is just a matter of her relaxing and understanding that she is a part of this team. I think it will come along, but I was glad to see her coming out of that shell. That was a positive. ”
The Lady Bombers slid past Hydro 9-5.
Frederick faced Hollis in the second game of the day.
Jade Hernandez pitched against Hollis. Savanha Smith also did a good job for the defense, making several good plays at second base.
At the plate there were multiple memorable efforts. Lady Bombers who soared for the offense are Mikeala Bray, Savannah Chavez, Sydney Gaither, Starla Hicks, Emily Howard, Alexus Page, Savanha Smith and Taryn Stacey.
“Once we got going, it didn’t matter who was at the plate or in the field, it was just a great game played by the Lady Bombers,” commented Smith, acknowledging the effort by the Lady Bombers. Frederick schooled Hollis 22-1.