Lady Eagles have ‘flipped the switch’ late in season

Published 10:25 pm Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Goshen has lost one softball game in the past three weeks, en route to a sweep of the year’s area titles.

But prior to the impressive run, the Lady Eagles had stumbled throughout the season. Goshen reached the lowest point of the season three weeks ago at a tournament in Elba.

Following a terrible opening day, Goshen was seeded next to last entering the elimination portion.

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However, following an end-of-the-day speech from head coach Amy Warrick, Goshen would rip off a string of impressive wins before falling in the finals of the tournament.

“The girls have really flipped the switch since the Elba tournament,” Warrick said. “We lit a fire under their butts, and they responded amazingly. Our hitting, defense and pitching has been great the last few days, and I really liked the way they responded in Elba. That is the key day of season so far.”

The Lady Eagles rode the arm of pitcher Lizzy Galloway during the area tournament last weekend.

Galloway shut down opposing batters during the tournament, tossing no-hitters against New Brockton in the opening game and against rival Zion Chapel in the tournament championship game.

Warrick said Galloway has ramped up her game as the playoffs approach.

“I have seen a look in her eyes the past few weeks, that I have never seen before,” Warrick said. “She came up to me and told me that she wanted the ball in some big games this year. She has turned it on late, and it throwing the ball great right now.”

With the win in the area tournament, Goshen advances to the AHSAA Regional Tournament this weekend at the Troy Sportsplex.

The Lady Eagles meet Reeltown at 5 p.m. Friday.

“We might be peaking at the right time,” said Warrick. “Everything has come together well lately. We just have to keep it going.”