YORK — The York Comprehensive High School softball team will be pitted against rival Clover in a 7 p.m. game Thursday at Clover.
Playing without all-region candidate Nora Childers, who is recovering from a back strain, the Lady Cougars fell to Northwestern 12-1 last week.
YCHS head coach Susan Lee Ballard is looking for the winning effort that resulted in a come-from-behind win over South Pointe in a previous region game. The win was a confidence-builder for the kids, noted Ballard. Its the kind of effort and team play were looking for.
The Lady Cougars were down 10-5 and fought their way back for the win. Several players were hitting the ball, which allowed us to come from behind, Ballard said. I thought the win over South Pointe would carry over to the next game.
Brook Andrews, a junior outfielder with speed to burn, has been a bright spot at the plate this season, compiling the teams highest on base percentage. Though she is natural right-handed hitter, Andrews bats from the left side to take advantage of her foot speed.
I get a quicker start down the first-base line batting from the left side, she noted. I want to do what I can to help the team.
Andrews also uses her speed on the base paths, stealing second and third-base in a game against Nation Ford.
Ballard knows Andrews is a threat to steal when she reaches base, giving the speedy Lady Cougar the green light more often than not. Andrews rare speed allows her to chase down fly balls in the outfield.