Varsity softball pitches their way into the post season: stopped by loss to Westminster

Cailyn Barthlow, Logan Breidenstein, Lindsey Thomas, Mckayla Mcfarland, Jordan Specht and Kaitlyn Naill celebrating senior night 2018

courtesy of Ashley Barthlow

Cailyn Barthlow, Logan Breidenstein, Lindsey Thomas, Mckayla Mcfarland, Jordan Specht and Kaitlyn Naill celebrating senior night 2018

by Julie Walker, Reporter

The 2017-2018 season was more than successful for the  Lancers varsity softball team. They ended their regular season with a 14-2 record and amazing stats; although they lost in the post season.  The Lancers only lost to Walkersville High School and Governor Thomas Johnson High School in the regular season with scores of 6-5 and 5-4.

The three post season games they played were all exciting. Some were nail biters, and some were shut outs. During the regional finals against Westminster, they had great defense and made contact at bat but couldn’t get the ball past Westminster’s defense.  They lost 2 – 0.

The first playoff game was against Frederick, and Kaitlyn Naill pitched a shut-out, 17 – 0.

On May 18, the team took on North Hagerstown and won 12-2.  Everett stole second base and scored off of a walk off home run from Barthlow, putting the team up 12-2 in the fifth inning and bringing in the mercy rule ending the game.

Lancers with a total of nine home runs this regular season. The players with the most home runs were senior Jordan Specht and senior Logan Breidenstein with three home runs each. Junior, Emily Day, senior Kaitlyn Naill and freshman Jenna McLain had one home run each.

The players with the best batting averages were Specht with a .684, junior Mackenzie Llewellyn with a .500 and junior Sam Everett with a .490.

The head coach Andrea Poffinberger said, “The girls have a great chemistry and they work together well. They take notice of a player having a rough time either stat wise or emotionally and do their best to help them out. The way the girls collaborate together really helped us on the road to playoffs. I have big dreams for the young women on this team.”

The Lady Lancers started off their season with a 8-7 win against Middletown, then progressed with a 16-3 win against Damascus. From there, 4-1 win against Clarksburg, a 9-6 win against Oakdale, a 5-4 loss against Governor Thomas Johnson HS, 10-0 win against South Hagerstown, a 10-2 win against North Hagerstown, a 6-2 win against Urbana, a 14-0 win against Tuscarora, a 6-5 loss against Walkersville, a 16-3 win against North Hagerstown, a 2-1 win against Frederick, an 11-1 win against Urbana, 22-1 win against South Hagerstown and another 11-3 win against Tuscarora.


“I think we’ve had a very successful season so far. We might have had a couple losses along the way, but we are still going strong. Im proud to be on this team.” said Annabelle Stone