The 2015 high school softball season is still in its infancy, but many teams around the state such as the Sussex Tech Ravens are flexing their muscle early.
The Lady Ravens are just five games into their schedule, though they’ve been pleased with their results so far, beginning the year at 4-1, including conference victories over Caesar Rodney, Seaford, and Smyrna.
Strong pitching has been key to Tech’s good start, as three separate pitchers have earned victories for the Lady Ravens already this season, including Gabriella Lopez, Sarah James, and Alleigh Townsend.
So far, the combined efforts of the Lady Ravens’ pitching staff and the defense playing behind them have allowed just 12 runs this season while posting two shutouts.
While pitching is an important part of the game, to win games a team must score runs, something that hasn’t been a problem for Tech. The Lady Ravens have scored 45 combined this season, scoring in double-digits three-times already this season.
The Lady Ravens have had a number of contributors with the bat this season including Lauren Genshaw, Madison Watson, Hannah Betts, Jenna Callaway, Nicole Hovatter, and returning all-state selection Courtney Tate.
Sussex Tech Head Coach Chester Davis has been pleased with how his team has played in all areas of the game, noting the importance of each to the team’s success.
“Good pitching usually handles good hitting, and in the early going it usually takes pitchers a little longer to get in the groove,” said Davis. “If you’ve got really good returning players, the hitting will carry you. Good defense and timely hitting will carry you in March and early April, so both are important.”
Another important part of the team’s success this season has been the leadership shown by the seniors, something Coach Davis believes has helped the younger players find a comfort zone through five games.
“Senior leadership is most important, especially for a young team,” said Davis. “These girls are the table setters until the underclassmen get their feet wet. Our seniors are the heart and soul of our team. They lead the conditioning and hitting stations, making our jobs easier.”
While Tech has shown they have what it takes to be a formidable contender early on in the Henlopen Conference, they must show consistency if they hope to be hanging around the top of the standings when the season winds down in May.
Every win is important, though the Lady Ravens have yet to match up against a team with a winning record, something that will change in their upcoming schedule.
“We need for our pitching to get stronger down the stretch,” said Davis. “When you’ve got Laurel, Polytech, Delmar, Padua, and Milford left on your schedule, your pitchers have to step up.”