Rain leads to cancellations for softball

With the girls softball season off to a very rainy start, the team has had little time to squeeze in practices and games. With all of the poor weather in recent weeks, the Atoms hope for fewer cancellations in the near future and more time to practice for big upcoming games.

“We’ve been doing the best we can with the circumstances we’re in,” junior Kayla Meadows said. “The rain is really hindering our time allotted on the field, which is affecting our performance as a team.”

Junior Casey Fait added, “The weather has kept us from practicing outdoors, which is a major setback. But we are pushing through and we just need to stay focused on our goals for the season.”

The team has spent numerous practices in the gym, with little playing time on the fields outside.

Not only have they lost practice time, but the team had only competed in three games prior to this week. After losing their first two games of the season to West Potomac and W.T. Woodson, the girls defeated T.C. Williams 18-0 on April 6.

“We played really well as a team and it really built up our confidence because we’ve had a lot of games canceled,” Meadows said. “It’s been really frustrating because we’ve only played three games [this season].”

Although the score was in the Atoms’ favor, Meadows believes that the team did not play to its full potential.

“We know that we can do better and we’re practicing harder everyday,” she said.

With a 1-2 record as of April 11, the team was scheduled to take on the South County Stallions at home on April 12.

“We’ve never beaten them, but this time around we have a really huge chance of beating them,” senior varsity captain Kelly Hughes said before the game.

While some players focused heavily on the game itself, junior Alex King kept her focus on the season as a whole.

“Our goal for this season is to be Patriot District champions, but personally my goal is to work towards a college scholarship,” she said.

Barring another postponement, the girls will take on the Robert E. Lee Lancers on April 13 and 15 in two key district match-ups. Should they emerge victorious, the Atoms will improve their standing in the Patriot District and build momentum heading into the bulk of their season.