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Cambridge High School softball has resounding start to 2013 campaign
by Marcel Pourtout
August 14, 2013 12:17 PM | 2547 views | 2 2 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Erin Gray<br>Cambridge infielder Savannah Dixon.
Staff / Erin Gray
Cambridge infielder Savannah Dixon.
The Cambridge softball program went through the expected growing pains of a team that was in its first year of existence last season. The Bears claimed only seven wins in 2012, however, after an undefeated run in the Longhorn Invitational this past weekend, Cambridge sits with three wins to start this season, including a resounding 7-2 victory over North Paulding and an 8-0 shutout of Woodward Academy.

“We have a nice group of players,” said Bears’ head coach Chip Flemmer, entering his first year with the program. “We have a young squad so you don’t know what to expect to start the season but they’ve done well.”

Leading the charge for Cambridge are junior second baseman Savannah Dixon, returning after hitting .361 at the plate last year, and sophomore shortstop Lily Valeo, who had a batting average of .333 last season along with a team-high 20 runs and 18 hits. “Both players are great defensively and nothing gets past them,” stated Flemmer. “It’s good to know that the pitcher can throw strikes and not worry about the fielding.”

Cambridge also returns senior Maria Lay and her strong bat to the starting lineup after having a team-high batting average of .395 last season and will be valuable at second base or in the outfield.

The Bears have used two freshman pitchers, Keara Napoli and Maria Kubik, to begin the season with excellent results. “Both pitchers did great for us this weekend,” said Flemmer. “Upperclassmen are usually looked upon for pitching but both freshmen have experience in playing travel ball and they’re ready for us.”

Cambridge will continue its non-region portion of the schedule in its next game at Walton on Aug. 21 before beginning play in Region 7-AAAAA at Forsyth Central the next day.

“The non-region games are good for us to see what we have and needs to be worked on before the season really begins,” said Flemmer.

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