Ladies end season with winning record
Coach Reggie Brann met his goal of a winning season when his Rappahannock Community College softball team finished their 2013 season with a 13-7 record after two wins over the Old Dominion University club. The 9-1 and 20-9 victories on Saturday, April 27th in season eight of Gulls Softball capped off one of the best seasons ever for RCC.
“This team did things no other team has done” Brann said.
The ladies hit well with a team batting average of .315, but what surprised the coach was the power that produced a lot of extra base hits.
“In our previous seven seasons we hit only one home run over the fence (Beth Long). This year we hit 14 of them; eight by Chelsi Blake, three by Megan Payne, Ebony Tunstall had two, with Spencer Gaulding adding one,” Brann said. Blake with 31 and Payne with 28 had half of the team’s RBIs.
“Base hits in general produce consistent results and a number of our players hit for solid individual batting averages (six over .300) with Payne leading the way at a .468 clip, followed by Caitlin VanLandingham at .424, Tunstall hit .410, Blake .368, Lynsie Hodges at .313 and Chelsea Montgomery finishing at .302, noted Brann.
Fastpitch softball, to be successful, needs strong pitching and catching. Blake and Montgomery did the receiving this year for three Gulls pitchers, Brann said.
Both Payne and VanLandingham had a record of 6-3. Alex Clark was 1-1.
“We had three good pitchers who brought much experience to us from high school, travel ball, and previous college experience and it showed,” Brann said.
The coach added that this is the first year RCC club team has played more than one other club team. In past years, only the William & Mary club team (W&M) has been played. This year RCC met and won all six games over W&M, Old Dominion and Virginia Commonwealth University club teams.
Brann said “you as a coach had got to be proud for a bunch of country girls from RCC to compete and win against much larger schools.”
Against Navy, Brann felt his team could have done better.
“I was disappointed in our efforts against the team from Navy,” coach added, “we are better than we played that Easter Saturday, but they were impressed with our program and want us to come to them next year.”
“Memories of seventh inning heroics, over the fence excitement, and always memorable road trips have been added to another chapter of RCC Softball”, Brann added.
Coach was eager to share his appreciation for the continued support of Athletic Director Dean Taylor, Building & Grounds Supervisor Tim Coffman, RCC President Elizabeth H. Crowther, and so many others at RCC, who make softball happen on the Warsaw campus.
Brann said “I am thinking about playing some ball this fall to better prepare us for next spring, so we welcome those interested to email firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Gulls end season in regionals
The season for the Rappahannock Community College Gulls Baseball Team (RCC) came to an end after advancing to the second round of the NJCAA Region Playoffs this past weekend in Frederick Maryland. It was during that time the team from Virginia won over Anne Arundel Community College, but fell to Frederick ending the Gulls season.
Jack Moore, manager of the RCC. team, was proud of his team’s effort after finishing fifth in the region and battling players losses during the season.
“Of course the goal was to win a championship, but I am very proud of all that this group of young men overcame this season to achieve the best season that I have had here in my five years,” Moore said. “When you take into consideration we played more than half of the season with only thirteen guys that is a great accomplishment.”
Moore said Ricky Castro, Jacob Stephens and Thomas Gill were among the highlights of impressive plays this season.
In the first playoff game, RCC. won 9-5 over Anne Arundel highlighted by pitcher Jeremy Sandifer picking up the win on the mound. Sandifer pitched seven innings allowing 10 hits, three walks and striking out two. Kyle Rodriguez came in as relief for two innings allowing a hit, a walk and striking out one.
At the plate, Castro led the team with four hits, two runs scored and an RBI. Austin Owens followed with earning two hits and collecting three RBIs. Stephens and Sandifer each had two hits, an RBI and a run scored.
RCC also received single hit contributions from Marcus Bumbrey (RBI, two runs), Xavier Barriere and Greg Fleming (two RBIs and run scored).
Then in game two, R.C.C. fell to Frederick 11-6 with Bumbrey and Stephens each with two RBIs on the day.
Gill went down as the losing pitcher after giving up nine hits, seven runs and striking out one in 3.67 innings. Rodriguez came in on relief allowing six hits, three runs, two walks and striking out two. Josh Mason ended the game allowing a run, a walk and striking out one in the final inning.
The team finished with an overall record of 15-21, 10-10 in the region, which marked the best season for Moore during his 11-year tenure at R.C.C.