Softball impresses throughout district play


The Atoms take the field in their game against the Mt. Vernon Majors on April 12.

The Atoms softball team has shown massive improvement this season, holding a record of 6-3 as they head into the back half of their district schedule.
Despite the strong season, AHS dropped their most recent game on April 21 to Hayfield, losing by a score of 16-3.
The Atoms have shown significant growth from the 2021 season, already surpassing their win total from last season and eyeing a run in the district tournament.
“This year has been a breath of fresh air,” senior Sayde Pritt said. “With our new head coach, this is the best season we’ve had in my four years of playing.”
AHS has shined in their offensive approach through hitting for power, getting on base, and stealing bases to capitalize on scoring opportunities.
The Atoms have been led offensively by seniors Merridith Harrison and Tara Corcoran and junior Shalini Vlcan, with all three holding batting averages over .500 and doing damage for the Atoms.
“I think we have improved so much due to our mindset and experience,” junior Shalini Vlcan said. “Last year we were telling ourselves not to get mercy ruled by teams, but this year we are going after teams to win because we know we can.”
Freshman Teagan Scott-Daniels has also come on strong for the Atoms, becoming their best pitcher in her first season with the team.
AHS will be put to the test this week, with four games and three in-conference competitions that give the Atoms the chance to reach double-digit win figures.
“We need to continue what we’re doing, jumping out to leads early and putting constant pressure on our opponents,” Vlcan said.
The results from the April 25 game vs. Meridian was not available at the time of publication. For more information, please visit
The Atoms will face the Falls Church Jaguars at home on April 26 as they continue their quest for the number one seed in the district tournament.