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Celebrating a new era

Posted on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 1:09 pm

Members of the 1963 Rappahannock High School Softball Team rocked their school colors at the team’s opening ceremony last Friday. (Photo by Cissie Green)

Postponing one of Rappahannock’s most anticipated events this year was a bit  sad two weeks ago. Yet the team and their supporters had some great weather to start the season on their new field.

The opening ceremony, which had supporters well in attendance, was capped off with Rappahannock earning their second win of the season in a 10 run shut out over West Point. This win came after the team travelled to Middlesex and defeated the home team 14-1.

‘We played well our first two games and hit the ball really well,” said Rappahannock coach Ellen Gaines. “They are very aggressive and I like that.”

In the Middlesex win, pitcher Carlie Clark earned the mound victory after five innings. She recorded 11 strikeouts, allowed twos hits, a walk and a run. Behind the plate, she was 2-3, scored three runs and RBI’s each and two doubles.

Brandi Mulvena (2-4) followed with two doubles and RBI’s each; Hallie Berger   (2-4) had a double and two RBI’s; Amanda Headley (1-1) had two walks, scored three runs, an RBI and a double; Olivia Gaulding (2-3) had three RBI’s and double; Hannah Marks (2-3) had a double, two RBI’s and scored a run; and Rachel Berger (2-2) scored two runs.

Hallie Berger earned a mound victory in the 10-0 win over West Point. After seven innings, Berger recorded 13 strikeouts, allowed two walks and one hit.

Her sister, Rachel, scored two runs and two RBI’s behind the plate; Mulvena (2-4) had two RBI’s; Clark (2-4) had two runs, two RBI’s and two doubles; and Marks (2-3) had two RBI’s and a double.

Rappahannock has been another victim of the  rainy and snowy weather since the season started. The team just started playing games last week after their home opener was moved.

“It’s been frustrating because with the team at the  talent level they are and they keep practicing, they need to play,” Gaines said. “It’s a bit frustrating to just keep practicing and not playing.”

As for the ceremony itself, Gaines said she was happy her girls could meet members of the 1963 Softball Team.

“I’m glad my girls got to meet them because it’s important to know who came before you,” Gaines said. “It was really nice to play on our field and want to thank everyone who contributed to it.”