The Excel Christian Academy softball team has gone from a winless team that could not field enough players to finish the 2012 season to a dominant force as evident by Monday’s showing against Coosa in which the Lady Eagles won 13-0 at home.
“These girls are just unconscious,” head coach Chad Parker said. “They really know how to play and they really work hard. It’s just a great bunch of girls.”
Excel is now 8-1 after Dismantling Coosa in 3 1/2 innings and have outscored its opponents 110-8 this season.
The team is comprised primarily of freshmen, and with several talented eighth-graders on deck for next year, the future looks bright.
“They have been trained well growing up. The majority of them are freshmen who played travel ball together,” Parker said. “They all have been taught the right way. Most of them played on the same travel team for our assistant coach, Marty Baker.”
Parker is fortunate to have such a talented roster of young players and Excel’s impressive victory against Coosa Monday has become routine for his girls.
The runs came early and often in the game, and Excel increased its offensive output each of the three innings the team was up to bat.
After scoring one run in the first inning, Excel scored two more on hits by sophomore Andrea Taylor, senior Caroline Moore and freshmen Aliza Baker and Shay Sullins. The squad really got hot in the third inning when it scored 10 runs to put the game away. Freshman Lindsey Mauldin, freshman Brighton McCollum, Moore, Baker, Sullins and Taylor all had hits in the inning. The big blow came off the bat of freshman Lexi Adams who rocked a ball to the left-center field fence to drive in a run.
All in all, five Eagles had at least two hits in the three innings of play.
Meanwhile, Sullins pitched three hitless innings in which she faced the minimum nine batters, gave up just one base runner and struck out three.
“We’re doing really well and I’m proud of everybody,” Sullins said. “I just want to win and play well as a team.”
Aliza Baker came on to pitch a hitless fourth inning in relief of Sullins.
The Lady Eagles are coming off a win in their most recent tournament where they went undefeated on their way to becoming tournament champs.
Sullins, McCollum and Adams were named to the all-tournament team.
“They’re playing great. We’re starting to do the little things that we weren’t doing earlier,” Parker said. “We’re not giving up a lot of runs and we’re scoring a lot of runs.”
Excel has already established themselves as a force to be reckoned with, but with a pool of young talent, the Lady Eagles should have continued success for years to come.
“The quality of our team is just super right now,” Parker said. “We’re going to play a region schedule next year, and I think we can compete for state championships the next three years.”