Yellow Jacket Sportlight: Softball

The Randolph-Macon women’s softball team is off to a great start this season.

Last weekend, April 11 and 12, the team traveled to both Guilford and Emory and Henry for two double headers and finished 4-0 for the weekend.

At Guilford, R-MC pulled away in two close games, winning the first by a score of 4-3 and the second 2-1. The Jackets also took two victories from Emory and Henry, winning the first game 1-0 and the second 4-3.

The Jackets improved on their season and now stand with an overall record of 17-8 and 11-6 in the conference. Emory and Henry is currently number one in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference.

This year, softball is carrying a roster of 16, eight of which are freshmen. Even though the team is very young, senior Amanda Sopko said that has “not stopped underclassmen from stepping up and filling the spots that needed to be filled.”

Sopko said even though they do not have captains, their three seniors— including Sopko, Sharese Jarvis, and Carly Alford— have stepped up and taken on leadership roles. Even with such a young team, the lady Yellow Jackets showed promise in their fall season.

Sopko confessed that while the team “did not have the chemistry in the fall that we do today,” she said she believes that the team’s current “chemistry is what makes us who we are.”

She continued to talk about how the fall season helped everyone get to know each other and helped the coaches see where they needed to improve not only on the field, but as a team as well.

“No team is perfect,” Sopko said, “so there is always room for improvement.”

Sopko also added that everyone on the team is very supportive of one another, on and off the field.

“If someone gets taken out of a game because they were having an off day… the support for that teammate will be shown,” Sopko said.

When asked where the team could improve on the field, Sopko talked a great deal about being mentally prepared for each game.

“If we are mentally prepared for every game, every inning, every out and every pitch,” Sopko said, “we will go far this year.”

Within the ODAC, Sopko said their biggest competition is their rival, Virginia Wesleyan, because “they seem to always have great games against [Macon] and their stats get in our heads, so we are sometimes not mentally prepared to play against them.”

However, Sopko said she is confident that this year, they can put up a decent fight against Virginia Wesleyan.

Looking forward to the rest of the season, Sopko said their expectations are very high. Last year, Softball made it to final game of the conference championship and fell short of a win.

This year, Sopko said her team plans to win the championship because of their enthusiasm and with that ‘spark’ that she knows her team has.

This Saturday, April 18, the Yellow Jackets take on Lynchburg at home in a double header with the first game beginning at 1:30pm.

The Yellow Jackets then finish their season on Friday, April 24 at home with a double header against Gettysburg College with the first game beginning at 1:30pm.

-Rebecca Ream ’16, Senior Sports Editor

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