Young Wave softball makes impressions


Heavy rains put a damper Tuesday on what was supposed to be the West Point High School Softball Classic, but the rain out gave Lady Green Wave softball coach Casey Finch a chance to reflect on the weekend scrimmages against quality opponents in Caledonia and New Hope.

And the coach liked what she saw from a team led by four seniors but depending on young players to fill key roles.

“We had good games in both, especially against New Hope. We did what we wanted, we bunted up a storm and made them play defense. We’re going to run this year and make teams play,” Finch said.
On the books, the Lady Green Wave fell 6-1 to Caledonia but only two of the Lady Feds’ runs were earned as West Point helped them out with five errors.

The New Hope score ended tied at 8-8 after four innings with West Point leading 6-1 after two innings.

In the Caledonia game, it was that combination of veteran and youth that produced the Lady Green Wave’s lone run.

Junior shortstop Tonia Randle walked to lead off the first, stole second, went to third on a passed ball and scored on a ground ball to first by eighth-grade catcher Mason Conn. Senior Brittany Bensend had West Point’s only hit in the game.

In the New Hope game, the Lady Wave got seven hits, including two each Bensend and sophomore Marqueshia Starks. One of Starks’ its was a triple. Randle, Conn, and Nakiya McFarland had the other three.

Randle and senior Summer Smith, who walked twice, each scored two runs, with Conn, Starks, Bensend and McFarland also crossing the plate. Conn, McFarland, Starks and Mckinsey Wedel logs RBIs.

The Lady Wave is scheduled to take on Noxapater at Noxapater Feb. 26 and then host Houlka on Feb. 28.