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Softball Defeats the League Favorite for Division A

By: Christie Baldwin/ Junior Writer

The wind was blowing, hoods were going up, and blankets were being shared. However, that didn’t stop the varsity softball team from winning. 

The Blue Ridge girl’s softball team played the league’s favored team Forest City Regional High School on Thursday, April the 4th.

Prior to Thursday the softball team had been painfully taunted at both practice and games by a sign proclaiming  Forest City as the league’s favorite team, predicted by league referees to win the league championship.  However, that all changed when the girls worked as a team, beat their rivals, and won 3-1.

As soon as the girls won, Danielle Goff the varsity pitcher tore down the sign, ripped it up, and threw it away. The sign had been displayed by Coach Joe Collins as a motivator, and it worked.

Collins says he wants his players to support each other and focus on building each other up. In fact each player is asked to be part of a winning attitude, to contribute to the team’s success and be accountable for their contribution.

This year, Coach Collins also displayed a quote that he hopes motivates his players on the field and in the dugout, it reads, “If you didn’t make your team better today then shame on you. If your team didn’t make you better today then shame on them. We must find a way to bring value EVERYDAY!”

Those who are interested in following the girl’s varsity team can check out their schedule here.





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