The Reynoldsburg Softball team honored their six outstanding Seniors (Fury Caldwell, Erin Costello, Kylee Durham, Mackenzie Huey, Claire McCloud, Faith Terry) on Thursday night and clinched a winning season in the process, defeating Licking Heights 6-0
It was the perfect way to celebrate a program on the rise.
It has been a difficult run for the Softball program in the recent past, compounded by having to compete in the very tough OCC-Ohio division. Tony Rettke took over as head coach though almost 3 years ago and has since been aided by a talented core group of players who came up playing together and have led a resurgence for Lady Raider Softball.
The first sign of major progress was a win last season over Grove City – a traditional area Softball powerhouse. It was the first OCC-Ohio league win for the Raiders in 7+ seasons and was merely a sign of things to come. First round tournament wins in each of the last two seasons were also a sign of progress and with the core of the team returning for this year, even bigger things were expected…
2018 has not disappointed at all in that regard.
Not only did the Raiders defeat Grove City again this year, they also knocked off league foe Gahanna-Lincoln and swept both games played against league rival Pickerington North.
Despite losing 5 likely non-league victories to cancellation during this awful spring of weather, The Lady Raiders win last night improved their overall record to 12-9 going into their final game tonight at New Albany. Thus, the Senior Night victory did indeed assure them of a winning season for the first time in 15 years.
All members of the team and program should be proud of what they have accomplished this season and should be excited about where the program is headed.
There is more to accomplish though as tournament play starts next week and the Raiders are intent on making some noise.
The 18th seeded Lady Raiders will host 41st seeded West High School on Monday (5/7). A victory there would mark their third consecutive season with a tournament win and would send them on to host a second round match-up for the first time in recent memory. The opponent in that game at home next Wednesday (5/9) would be 22nd seeded Olentangy Liberty.
The complete Tournament bracket can be viewed here: http://www.cdab.org/sports/sf/2018/sbD1brkt18.pdf