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Milton softball rebounds in region play
by Marcel Pourtout
mpourtout@neighbornewspapers.com
September 18, 2013 01:10 PM | 1201 views | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Milton softball team has averaged more than 21 wins per season the past three years but the start of the 2013 campaign placed strong doubt in the possibility of the Eagles reaching that win total. After an 8-6 win in the season opener against West Forsyth, Milton proceeded to lose three consecutive games, setting a pattern of trading off wins and losses through the non-region portion of the schedule.

However, Milton has won three region games, including consecutive victories over Cherokee (8-0) and Wheeler (6-1), placing the Eagles in the hunt for a region title and a return to the postseason.

“We had a rocky start figuring out the roles of the players,” Milton head coach Shane Holcombe said. “We’ve continued to progress and starting to play complete games.”

Senior shortstop and All-Region performer Lydia Witkowski has been a catalyst for the improved play of the Eagles. “Her on-field leadership and athleticism have been important to us,” Holcombe said.

Senior Kristina Brown has provided Milton with strong performances at the plate as a first baseman and from the circle as a pitcher.

“Freshman Sarah Womack has moved right in at third base and played flawlessly in that position,” Holcombe said. “Junior Cate Gibson has given us good pitching as well.”

The program is optimistic that the future will continue to be bright for the Eagles.

“We have many talented women in our feeder program,” Holcombe said. “The work ethic of our players has been the reason for our success.”

The Eagles return to action on Sept. 25 in their annual tournament at North Park.

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