Diana Wimpy, a Woodland graduate, and Samaria Curtis, a Cass alum, are still in the early stages of their collegiate careers, but if last weekend was any indication, then Walters State (Tenn.) Community College will celebrate the moment they signed the two throughout the 2012 season.
The two freshmen helped the Lady Senators carve up the competition last weekend at the Aiken Mizuno Invitational in South Carolina. Walters State completed the tournament 6-0, outscoring opponents 53-4. Wimpy and Curtis accounted for close to 40 of the team's 53 runs.
Wimpy, a catcher, went 15 for 21, an average of .714, and slammed three home runs with six doubles, 13 RBIs and 11 runs.
Curtis, who plays third base, delivered an equally impressive weekend, going 10 for 17, an average of .588, as she launched a couple of home runs herself and also added two doubles, seven RBIs and seven runs.
Curtis helped the Lady Senators light up the scoreboard in the tournament opener Friday against the University of South Carolina-Lancaster, a game they won 9-1. Curtis drove a pitch over the fence for a three-run bomb in the second inning, her second home run of the season. Wimpy increased the lead a little later with a solo shot in the sixth that made it 7-0. The former Lady Wildcat catcher added an RBI single in the seventh.
Walters State followed up that triumph with a 6-0 victory of Florence-Darlington (S.C.) Technical College. Curtis' fly ball in the sixth inning scored Haley Taylor for the final run of the game.
In the final game of the tournament's first day, the Lady Senators mercy-ruled USC Salkahatchie in an 11-1 win. Wimpy doubled and scored twice in the ballgame, first in the third and once more in the fifth.
In their first game Saturday, the Lady Senators defeated Surry (N.C.) College 8-0 as Wimpy, who went 3 for 3, contributed with a couple of two-run doubles in the second and third innings. Curtis helped round out the scoring with an RBI grounder. The former Lady Colonel infielder had two hits and three runs scored in the game, while Wimpy had four RBIs.
Against Middle Georgia College, the second game of the day on Saturday, Walters State won 6-2, scoring three runs each in the first and seventh innings. Wimpy led off the seventh a solo homer.
The Lady Senators ended the way they began, shutting out Gordon College by defeating the Barnesville school 13-0. Wimpy's two-run homer got things started off right for them, and Curtis helped add to the team's lead with a sacrifice fly, making it 3-0 in the third. Wimpy wasn't done, however, as she helped tally two more runs with her double later on in the third.
That victory improved Walters State to 8-0, the best start in school history. The Lady Senators -- 7-6 and 8-0 winners against Georgia Perimeter College in a Feb. 10 doubleheader in Atlanta -- take the field again Thursday when they head to Dobson, N.C., for a rematch with Surry. The game is slated to start at 2 p.m.
-- Information from the Walters State athletics website was used in this article.