Mechanicsville, VA (WWBT)- The Lee-Davis softball team celebrated a state championship in 2011 and now hopes a repeat is in store for 2012. In order to accomplish that feat, the Confederates will need to overcome the loss of last year's Gatorade state player of the year.
Lee-Davis star pitcher Kelly Heinz injured her pitching arm during fall softball and underwent surgery, which will prevent her from pitching during the 2012 season. Heinz, who has committed to play at Virginia Tech, expects to be at full strength by the time she joins the Hokies, but her current Confederate teammates will travel their 2012 road without her.
That doesn't seem to worry head coach Jackie Davis too much. Sure, she admits that Heinz's absence will leave a huge void in the circle this year, but she's quick to point out that she still has a complete team, both in the batting line-up and in the field. Davis says that a very talented defense did not need to show its talent at times, thanks to Heinz and her skills on the mound, but this year that defense will get the chance to take center stage. Freshman Lauren McIntyre takes over main duties on the mound and is expected to progress during the season. Outfielder Casey Price and shortstop Ryleigh Hawker will be looked upon to anchor the defense as well.
The Confederates fell in their first game to Patrick Henry, but earned their first win of 2012 on Monday night with a 9-0 triumph over Deep Run.