Concordia softball hot out of the gates
One year removed from a solid 4-2 beginning to their season, the Concordia High School softball team has two-upped last year’s start en-route to a perfect 6-0 record to start the 2018 campaign.
The O’s came up with a few easy wins to start the season, as they defeated Green Ridge High School (14-7, March 20), Lone Jack High School (8-3, March 21) and Northwest (Hughesville) High School (16-4, March 22).
After getting their feet wet, they hopped into the Santa Fe Snowflake Classic, taking down host Santa Fe High School (9-0, March 23) and Windsor High School (8-4, also March 23).
A championship match with Smithton High School was weathered out, but the solid performance in the first two games was enough to prove the point. The ladies then took on La Monte High School, knocking them down as well (11-3, March 28).
In the six-game stretch, the Orioles have been dominant, outscoring opponents 66-21 along the way.
One key aspect to their early dominance has been solid pitching. Freshman Lauren Fiene has been stellar, having already tallied 26 strikeouts over her first 17 innings as a high schooler. She has allowed just 14 hits and three walks.
Against Santa Fe, she struck out nine batters over 12 innings, walking just two and failing to yield a single hit over four innings.
Junior Jacey Smith has been absolutely stroking — she followed a 4-5 performance (three doubles, two runs, two RBIs) against Green Ridge with a 3-4 (one double, two RBIs) against Lone Jack, a 2-3 (one double, two runs) against Northwest, and a 2-3 (two stolen bases, one RBI) against Santa Fe.
Smith is far from the only Oriole swinging a hot stick: seniors Samantha Brackman (13-16, two doubles, one triple, 12 stolen bases, and 14 runs through five games) and Madyson Langkrahr (7-16,10 RBIs, two home runs, two doubles, seven runs, and two stolen bases) have been producing a ton of offense, as has junior Justice Workman (12-17, four doubles, and seven RBIs), to name a few. Langkrahr hit a grand slam against Northwest.
The Orioles will look to stay perfect as they enter a two-week stretch filled with conference matchups.