Eagles aim to continue winning ways

Published 9:55 pm Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Goshen High School's Niyoka Slater takes a swing at the ball during a softball game against Montgomery Catholic Prep School in Goshen, Ala., Thursday, March 24, 2011. Goshen won 10-0. (Messenger Staff Photo/Thomas Graning)

After a slow start to the season, the Goshen Eagles softball team has been on a fast pace recently.

Since last Thursday afternoon’s home opening victory over Catholic, the Eagles have play in six games, winning all but two.

This week, Goshen has taken down both Lamp and Highland Home, by a combined score of 19-3.

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And now, today, the Eagles will be back in action, at home, against Georgiana.

“I think our girls have been playing really well lately,” head coach Dee Hughes said Wednesday night.

“They have been playing at a high level and against some good opponents. We had a couple of breaks in the beginning of the season, but once we started playing, they have been playing great ball.”

Thanks to the recent string of games, the Eagles are currently 6-5 overall, and 1-0 in area play.

A big factor in helping Goshen get above .500 is the team’s pitching, led by junior Alli Warrick.

Against Trinity over the weekend, Warrick threw a no-hitter, as well as several one-hit and two-hit games as well.

Along with Warrick, senior Amanda Griggs has also stepped up for the Eagles, tossing a one-hitter and striking out 12 against Highland Home on Tuesday.

“Alli has seen a lot of time on the mound, but that’s because we have our best team in the field with her pitching,” Hughes said. “We are strongest when Alli is on the mound.

“She has done a great job for us this year. Right now, it’s good for us to mix it up though with some of the teams are going to be playing. We have seen some tough teams and now we are able to give Alli a break and let Amanda some time on the mound also.”

The Eagles will look to stay on the winning side of things today, at home, when it takes on Georgiana.

First pitch is set for 4 p.m.

This will be the first of three home games in a four-game stretch, as the Eagles will take on head to Brantley on Monday, before returning home to face off with Highland Home on Tuesday and Trinity on Thursday.