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Sunday, April 18, 2010

Dixie Fastpitch – Young but Resilient.
By Chelsea Tilton

An interview with Dixie Varsity Softball coach Derek Jacobs revealed that it was a rough week for Dixie Varsity Softball team. The girls played Tri-County North on Monday and started the week off with a loss. The team had eight graduating seniors on the team last year leaving this year’s roster with only three seniors and few girls with varsity experience. This 2010 season will likely be a tough one for this young team, but will surely be a year for "experienced gained”.

However, Dixie did put up a valiant effort against Tri-county North, with a score of three to nothing at the bottom of the sixth. Tri-county North did not relent and battled back to win with a final score of five to three.

Dixie played two more games this week; Thursday the team played Waynesville. This game also resulted in a loss for Dixie with a final score of three to one. The team held them off until the fifth ending when they gave up the lead, but was not able to pull a win from Waynesville either.

The team however, did gain a win against Northridge. The final score was an impressive twelve to three. What was sure to be an appreciated victory for this young team. The ‘stand out players’ so far this year have been: Bethany Patterson, and Amber Naves. Defensively Patterson a pitcher that has greatly contributed to the win, and Amber Naves also left an impression on offense as a ‘stand out hitter’.

The team faces another quick week with games nearly back to back as they play three games in a four day time span. Monday they will be facing Monroe at Monroe. Preble Shawnee is the next game at home, what is sure to be a hard game as Preble Shawnee has beaten Dixie in past years. Then Dixie will travel to face Madison at Madison on Thursday. The team will be down a player part if not all of this coming week as Courtney Hawk is out due to injury. Which is too bad, as the coming week’s schedule is sure to be exhausting.

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