Dixie Chicks 18U: News

Tuesday, November 19
Chicks finish Fall in Myrtle Beach
The Chicks went back on the road for the final time of 2013 and closed out our fall winning 4 games, losing 1 and tying 1 in the Early Signing Showcase in beautiful Myrtle Beach, SC. We couldn't have had much better weather with temperatures in the 70's both days. We got some big performances from everyone at one time or another and finished the Fall with a 22-7-1 record. We finished the Fall with a gawdy .416 team batting average and scoring 215 runs and only giving up 81. I'm sure the girls are looking forward to some down time from softball as they have all been going strong at it since February. I am looking forward to some time off also but I'm sure I will be missing it in a couple weeks. I will be wandering around looking for something to occupy my weekends. I had a great time this season and I hope all the girls and parents did also. I think we have a really good team and next Summer should be a blast. Enjoy your break from Softball and I hope to see everyone at the Christmas party in December. Final stats are posted, as always GO CHICKS !!!

Monday, October 28
Chicks finish 3rd in Powhatan
Our Chicks got to stay at home this past weekend and play in the College Showcase in nearby Powhatan, Va. Conditions were quite frigid on Saturday morning but as it warmed up so did the Chicks bats. We hit the ball really well overall for the weekend but fell a run short in the semi-finals. We needed a another timely hit or two in some key spots and we could have won every game. Our pitching deserved a better fate as we got good pitching most all weekend. We finished the weekend 4-2 and had a respectable 3rd place finish. Our record for the Fall is now at 18-6 with only 6 showcase games left in Myrtle Beach in 3 weeks. It seems like it just started but we are almost done for the Fall. Let's finish the season strong with 6 wins in South Carolina. Stats are posted, as always GO CHICKS !!!

Monday, October 14
Chicks go 2-2 in ASA Showcase
The Chick went back on the road this past weekend to Roanoke for the second time this fall and the results were not near as good as the first time. We went 2-2 for the weekend playing really well in the wins and not so well in the losses. We gave one away on Sunday morning blowing a 4-0 lead and leaving 10 runners on base. We have to learn to put teams away when we have our chances, if you leave them in the game bad things can happen and it was a perfect example of that this weekend. We will move on and get better from it. We need to get ready for the Powhatan Showcase in 2 weeks. Practice is Sunday Oct. 20th 1:00 at Midlothian High School. Stats are posted. As always, GO CHICKS !!!

Tuesday, October 1
Chicks Dominate Beach
The Chicks went on the road to Virginia Beach over the weekend to play the Fall Galaxy Showcase and dominated the competition going 5-0 and scoring 44 runs and allowing only 2 unearned runs. The 5 wins at the Beach ran our winning streak to 11 for the Fall. We need to keep working hard as the competition will heat up over the next month. We need to keep improving at every practice and in every game. We have practice this Thursday at Midlothian High School to get ready to take our show on the road to Botetourt in two weeks. Nice job this past weekend ladies, stats are posted. As always, GO CHICKS !!!

Monday, September 16
Chicks Win Play The Valley Showcase
The Chicks went on the road to Roanoke this past weekend to play in our first tournament with the newest version of the Chicks and we didn't dissappoint as we went 6-0 and claimed the Play the Valley Championship with a hard fought victory over the local rival Richmond Diamonds. We had big game performances from every player on the team at different times. Every player on the team contributed and that is what makes a team good and that is also what it takes to win Championships. I'm very proud of how this new team started the season and excited to see how good we can become. We still have a long way to go but winning the first time out is a great way to start. We will practice on Thursday this week at Midlothian High School to start getting ready for Virginia Beach in two weeks. Great job ladies !! Stats are posted, as always GO CHICKS !!!

Monday, September 2
Chicks get started
The Chicks got the Fall season started this past weekend in a round robin friendly at L.C. Bird High School in Chesterfield, VA. The Chicks went 1-2 for the day but had the lead late in every game and could have won them all. We let 2 games slip away in the last inning and that is not typical Chicks play. I expect us to get better rather quickly as we did not play bad, just didn't catch any breaks. I expect us to get better every week and we will learn how put teams away when we have the opportunity and also how to finish games strong. We got to look at a lot of things this past weekend and know what we need to work on before we head to Salem in two weeks for our first tournament of the year. Practice is Wednesday 5:00 at Midlothian High School. Stats are posted, as always GO CHICKS !!!

Saturday, August 17
Coaches Information

For information about the Dixie Chicks 18u program contact Allan Spencer 804-564-9467

For information about Dixie Chicks 14u program contact Steve Ruch 804-677-3401. The 14u Chicks are still looking for another quality pitcher. This team is going to play mostly 16u ball in the Fall, Steve has numerous years of coaching experience in Florida, California and Virginia and will help your daughter take her game to the next level. Contact Steve if you think your daughter is up to the challenge.

 



Tuesday, November 5
Little Chicks Win Fall States
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The 14u Dixie Chicks continued their impressive fall going 7-0 and claiming the 16u Fall State Championship. I am really proud of the little Chicks as they are getting better every time out. Both teams are headed to the Early Signing Showcase in Myrtle Beach in a couple weeks and I expect great things from both teams. I'm looking forward to coaching some of these skilled young ladies in the near future. Great job by the Coaches Steve Ruch and Tommy Slater and all the hard working Little Chicks, although they aren't so little. I guess I should call them the younger Chicks. As always, GO CHICKS !!!

Sunday, July 21
Chicks go unbeaten in Cardinal Classic

The Chicks traveled to hot and humid Raleigh, NC this past weekend for the ASA Cardinal Classic Showcase and we had 4 wins with 0 losses but we did tie 2 games. We played really well most of the weekend and had some good wins over tough teams but we did have our moments when we didn't play well. We still managed to not lose any games and got in front of some college coaches. The girls seemed to play their best when the coaches were watching and that is the most important thing in showcases. We have only lost 1 game out of our last 23 and have a 26-6-2 record for the Summer. 

We head out for the World Series next week and our last tournament of the Summer. We will have our last practice of the season on Thursday at Midlothian High School to get ready to claim the World Series Championship in Salisbury, Maryland. We need to play our best and bring home the Championship. I know everyone will be ready to play our best and that is all I can ask from you. Give it everything you got for one more week and then we will take a week off and get ready for the Fall with some new faces as we send off Amy and Taylor to college to continue their softball careers. Stats are posted, as always GO CHICKS !!!



Monday, July 1
Chicks finish first road trip with State Championship
The Chicks took their first of many road trips for the Summer with a trip to New Jersey for Thursday and Friday games in the Newtown Rock Showcase and finished Saturday and Sunday in Sterling with USSSA State Championship. We started a little sluggish going 2-2 and battling rain both days in New Jersey but went to Sterling and went 6-0 and claimed the State Championship. I knew we would start playing better as soon as we got some games under our belt. We had numerous stars this week and expect we will have more next week at the Beach. We have lots of ball coming up as we are on the field most of the month of July. Thanks for a great week of ball, lets keep it rolling next week. See you at the Beach on Thursday, as always GO CHICKS!!! Stats are posted.

Monday, June 17
Chicks open season
The Chicks finally got some sunny weather and started the season this weekend in State Championship here in Richmond. We didn't play our best and started the season with a 4-3 record and a seventh place finish. That's not our typical performance and I expect to get better quickly. We have a weekend off then we go full throttle the rest of the Summer. We are having practice next Sunday at 4:30 Midlothian High School to get ready for Newtown Rock Showcase starting Thursday, June 27th. Stats are posted. As always, GO CHICKS !!!

Monday, July 8
Chicks go 10-1 in Mid Summer Showcase
The Chicks went back on the road for a long 4 day tourney in Virginia Beach and played really well. We had won this this tourney for the last 2 years and went back to defend our crown but came up a little short finishing 3rd with a 10-1 record. I'm still very proud of the girls as our bats were as hot as the soaring temperatures. We got great pitching and defense and impressed everyone. It's hard to believe but we only have 3 weeks left of the season and it seems like we just got started. We head back to the Beach for the ASA Atlantic Coast Showcase at Princess Anne on Friday. Nice job ladies, lets play hard again this weekend. Stats are posted, as always GO CHICKS!!!

Wednesday, October 23
Clark and Wells both verbal to Wingate
Jordan Clark and Taylor Wells both verbal to Wingate University just outside of Charlotte, NC. They will be joining fellow teammate Amy Wingfield in a couple years. This is a unique experience for these two young ladies as they have played every year of travel ball together, they will play 4 years of high school ball together at Manchester and now 4 years of College together. I guess that has happened before for someone but I have never heard of it. These young ladies are really excited and I am very happy for them as well as very proud of them.  I think they both have a great chance of doing great things at Wingate as both of them nearly broke the Virginia High School League record of Home Runs in a single season as sophomores. They will have 2 more seasons of High School and it would not shock me to see either one of them break the State record. Great job ladies, I guess it will be GO BULLDOGS in a couple years but for now it is still GO CHICKS !!!

Wednesday, February 5
Wingate freshman Amy Wingfield earns SAC Player of the Week honors
Wingate, N.C.----Wingate University freshman first baseman Amy Wingfield (Mechanicsville, Va.) has been named the South Atlantic Conference softball Player of the Week, league officials announced Monday. Wingfield led the Bulldogs to a doubleheader sweep over GRU Augusta in Saturday's season-opening doubleheader.

Wingfield went two-for-three in the doubleheader, hitting .667 with two homers, two RBI and four runs scored. She hit a homer in each game for Wingate, while going perfect in the field, notching seven putouts and an assist without an error in the two victories.

In her first collegiate at-bat, Wingfield lined the first pitch she saw over the fence in left to give Wingate a 1-0 lead over GRU Augusta. Wingfield's second homer of the season came leading off the second inning of game two.  She also drew a walk in the fourth inning, then scored a run to help the Bulldogs win 6-5 to complete the doubleheader sweep.

The Bulldogs return to action Wednesday, hosting Erskine for a doubleheader at 1 p.m. Wingate travels to Columbus, Ga. this weekend for the Columbus State Tournament. The Bulldogs will face Pfeiffer and Columbus State Saturday, then take on King and Belmont Abbey on Sunday.


Thursday, November 21
Toth headed to Randolph Macon

Skylar Toth will continue her softball career at Randolph Macon. Skylar has been weighing her options for awhile and finally decided to play in the center of the universe in Ashland, VA and now she will be a yellow jacket starting next fall. I'm sure she will enjoy her 4 year experience there and I know she will make us proud. Great job kid and we all wish you the best of luck in all your future endeavors. 



Sunday, November 10
Mitchum, Wells and Tester all headed to CNU
Kiandra Mitchum, Sydney Wells and Brandi Tester are all headed to Christopher Newport University to continue their softball careers. All 3 girls committed this past week and now they can relax and just play ball. I am sure they will all enjoy the CNU experience as it is a great school with a great college atmosphere. CNU is always in contention for the College World Series and I'm sure they will all contribute and help the program continue their winning ways. I'm very proud of all these young ladies. They have worked hard and deserve to play for a great school. Have fun and make the Chicks family proud.

Sunday, December 2
Wingfield signs at Wingate University
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Amy Wingfield will continue her softball career next fall at Wingate University, just outside of Charlotte, NC. We are all very proud of Amy has she has worked hard at becoming a better player and has stepped up as a leader on the Chicks. She still has another Spring of softball at Lee-Davis and another Summer with the Chicks so we are still looking for more big league performances in the next few months. The whole Chicks family wishes you good luck at Wingate, make everyone proud. As always, GO CHICKS !!!

Saturday, April 13
Burge signs at Charleston Southern
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Another Chick has signed, Jennibeth Burge will continue her softball career next fall at Charleston Southern University in Charleston, SC. Charleston Southern is a Division 1 school in the Big South Conference. JB is currently a senior at Southern Lee High School in Sanford, NC . All the Chicks wish her well and I'm sure she will make us all proud. As always, GO CHICKS !!!

Sunday, February 10
Heinz's no-hitter lifts Tech to win over Southern Illinois
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CLERMONT, Fla. - Behind a no-hitter from freshman Kelly Heinz, the Virginia Tech softball team beat Southern Illinois 9-0 in six innings Sunday to wrap up the Dot Richardson National Collegiate Softball Invitational at the National Training Center.

Heinz, from Mechanicsville, Va., became the first Tech player in program history to throw a no-hitter in her first collegiate start. She stuck out a career-high 11 batters and walked three in the victory. She needed only 97 pitches in the game, tossing 64 for strikes. The game was shortened to six innings because of the Mercy Rule (eight runs or more ahead after five innings).

After threatening early on, Tech finally got on the board in the second inning when Lauren Gaskill beat out an infield single by sliding head first into first base to allow pinch runner Nina Compton to score. In the third inning, Logan Spaw put down a squeeze bunt to score Courtney Liddle, and later in the inning, Kat Banks drove in Betty Rose and Spaw with a single up the middle.

In the sixth inning, Banks scored on a fielding error and then Bkaye Smith scored on another error to make it 6-0. Liddle drove in Gaskill with a single to left field and then Rose plated Jessica McNamara with a ground out. Tech’s final run came when Spaw doubled to the gap to drive in Liddle.

The sixth inning had some drama as Heinz walked a batter and then a ball was hit in the 5-6 hole, but McNamara, playing shortstop, went and got it and got the close out at second base. The game ended with Kat Banks making a nice sliding catch on a tailing line drive to right field to preserve the no-hitter.

Tech pounded out 11 hits in the shortened game, led by two from Gaskill, Spaw, Dani Anderson and Banks. Liddle, Rose and Smith also had one.

Heinz threw 12.2 innings this weekend, picking up a win and a save. She didn’t allow a run, walked four and struck out 21. She pitched the final 4.2 innings against Fordham Saturday night, not allowing a hit, and got the last two outs of the Chattanooga win, so she’s thrown 11.1 straight innings without allowing a hit.

Tech (4-1) will be back in action next weekend, travelling to Troy, Ala., for the Troy Subway Invitational featuring Evansville, North Florida, Troy and Tech. The Hokies will open on Friday at 11 a.m. against North Florida.



Tuesday, August 31
Heinz to continue softball career as a Hokie
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Kelly Heinz will continue her softball career after High School as a Hokie. Kelly verbally commits to Va. Tech. She can not offically sign until next November but I am sure she is glad the recruitment process is over and now she can relax and just have fun playing ball. Congratulations to Kelly and her family, I know she will continue working hard and make the Chicks proud. As always, GO CHICKS !!!

Wednesday, November 24
Larus signs with UVA
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Peyton Larus will continue her softball career next season at the University of Virginia. That is a great school and they are getting a great player to help their program. I am very proud of Peyton as she has only been playing softball for just a little over 2 years and she inks a deal with a big time ACC school. Peyton started with me at Midlothian High School and has developed in just 2 years into quite a good player with a lot of upside if she continues to improve. She has come a long way in a short time but I expect great things from her. Keep working hard, the sky is the limit for you. I wish you the best, as always GO CHICKS !!!

Monday, November 12
Chicks finish fall in Myrtle Beach
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The Chicks finished their 2012 fall season in Myrtle Beach again this year and played really good ball going 5-0-1. It was a nice warm weekend and our bats were pretty hot too as we scored 36 runs for the weekend and only allowed 2. I kind of wish we were playing some more as we have been playing our best ball of the season the last 2 tourneys and now we will have to wait until next summer to play again. We finished our fall season with a 21 wins 2 losses and 4 ties, not too bad. I know quite a few of you have some winter camps you will be attending and the school ball season will be here before you know it. You have to work hard at this game to be good so we need to work harder than everyone else this off-season. We will be having our Christmas party next month and winter workouts will start in January. Final fall stats are posted, as always GO CHICKS !!!

Monday, October 29
Chicks go 3-0 in Hurricane shortened showcase
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The Chicks went 3-0 on Saturday in the College Exposure Showcase in Powhatan, VA but got canceled on Sunday by Hurricane Sandy. I wish we could have played Sunday because we played really well on Saturday and were poised to maybe run off another Championship. We had some great pitching and defense and our bats were hot as well most of the day. We only have one tournament left in Myrtle Beach in a couple weeks, we need to finish the Fall strong with 6 more wins. We have our last practice of the year at Midlothian High School 2:00 on Sunday, Nov. 4th. I can't believe the Fall is almost over, it seems like we just got started. Stats are posted, as always GO CHICKS!!!

Sunday, September 30
Chicks go 2-1-1 at Beach Showcase
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The Chicks went on the road to Virginia Beach this past weekend and went 2-1-1 against some really good competition. With this past weekend results we ran our record to 11 wins 1 loss and 2 ties for the fall. We had to play in some miserable conditions on Saturday as one of our games was canceled by the rain and we played through the rain and cold in a couple of the other games. We aren't going to make excuses about the one game we gave up the lead late in or the game we tied. We had our chances to win all four games as we had leads in them all, conditions were bad for both teams and we have to be better and finish teams when we have them down. I expect improvement every week and I'm sure we will get better with more games. We are heading back to Salem again in 2 weeks for the ASA Scrappers Showcase to defend our last years 7-0 Championship run. Practice is Thursday 5:00 at Midlothian High School. Stats are posted, as always GO CHICKS !!!



Sunday, September 16
Chicks Claim Salem Showcase Championship
The Chicks went on the road for first time this Fall season and did not disappoint claiming the Salem Showcase Championship by running off 4 wins on Sunday and going 6-0-1 for the weekend. The Chicks played really good for a new team and we had a lot of hero performances from everyone at one time or another. We got great pitching all weekend and some very timely hitting also. It always takes a total team effort to claim Championships and we definitely got that this weekend. I am very proud of these young ladies as I'm sure your parents are also. Let's keep working hard to get better every week. We have practice on Thursday this week to get ready for Virginia Beach Showcase in 2 weeks. We have a tough schedule so we need to be at our best every time we play. Great job ladies, see you at practice on Thursday 5:00 at Midlothian High School. Stats are posted, as always GO CHICKS!!!

Sunday, September 2
Chicks start season 3-0
The Chicks started the fall season on Sunday and went 3-0 in a round robin friendly at L.C. Bird. We played pretty good for our first time out this year but we still have a lot to work on before we head to Salem in 2 weeks. It was nice to get a few games under our belt and see what we need to work on. I did think we played well at times also. Practice is set for Thursday, Sept 6th 5:30 at Midlothian High School. Stats are posted, as always GO CHICKS!!!

Monday, June 11
Chicks Start Summer 8-0
The Chicks started our Summer season the same way we finished the Fall, going 8-0 for the weekend and claiming the Stingrays Showcase Championship. It was a long, hot weekend with temperatures soaring into the mid 90's but that didn't slow down this team and our opponents could not slow us down either. We played some really good teams and found ways to win them all. I am really proud of the girls as they were not intimidated by any of the older teams with college players. We had lots of heroes and everyone contibuted to the success. They fought from start to finish and it paid off with another championship. With the 8 more victories that runs our winning streak to 44 games running over from the fall. Let's keep rolling next weekend and defend our 2011 Virginia State Championship. I would love to win back to back States. See you at practice on Thursday 5:00 at Midlothian High School. Stats are posted, as always, GO CHICKS !!!


Monday, June 18
Chicks finish 2nd in State Championship
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The Chicks winning streak finally came to a end this past weekend at 44 wins in a row. The girls should be proud of that accomplishment, that's hard to do at any level. We went 5-3 for the weekend and finished 2nd in State Championship losing to a very scrappy Va. Edge team. The ball didn't bounce our way this weekend but we will regroup and head to Pennsylvania next week for the Firecracker Showcase in Mechanicsburg. We have to play better next weekend and I'm sure the girls will step up and start a new winning streak. Stats are posted, as always GO CHICKS !!!

Monday, June 25
Chicks Win Pennsylvania Firecracker
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The Chicks went north this past weekend and rebounded from last weeks second place finish in the States by winning the Firecracker Championship in Mechanicsburg, PA. The Chicks went 8-1-1 for the long weekend and finished on Sunday by winning 4 straight and claiming the Gold Championship. We really played some great ball this past weekend and we had lots of timely hitting. I'm really proud of the team as we were very shorthanded and everyone stepped up and finished strong. We ran our summer record to 21-4-1. We have our only week off of the summer next week and hopefully we can get healthy as we have an extremely busy July on tap. We are going to practice next Sunday at Midlothian High School to get ready for the Mid Summer Showcase in Va. Beach. Enjoy your week off, you girls earned it. Great job ladies, I had a awesome time and I hope everyone else did too. Stats are posted, as always GO CHICKS !!!

Monday, July 9
Chicks Stay Hot
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The Chicks went to Virginia Beach last week for a long 4 day tourney and rolled off 10 straight wins to claim the Mid Summer Showcase Championship. Temperatures were soaring into the 100's every day and the Chicks bats were just as hot. We had great play from everyone at one time or another in this tourney, it took a total team effort to produce this championship and our depth helped out also. As other teams were wearing down from the heat we were still going strong. We had to come from behind to beat a tough Delaware Diamonds Gold team in the Championship 7-6 in ITB. The 10 more wins runs our Summer record to 31-4-1 with 3 tournament championships and 1 runner up finish. We get ready to head to Florence SC on Wednesday to play the Hot Times Classic. We only have 3 tournaments left for the Summer, let's keep it rolling. Stats are posted, as always GO CHICKS !!!

Sunday, July 15
Chicks go 7-2 at Hot Times
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The Chicks went on the road again this past weekend to Florence, SC and went 7-2 for the tournament and getting knocked out in the quarter finals to finish tied for 5th out of 48 teams. We had lots of elements to deal with over the weekend including rain, lightning, heat, humidity and injuries and still had a pretty good showing.  We aren't  going to win every tournament but we have still won three this summer with a second place and this fifth place finish. We also ran our Summer record to 38-6-1. We need to get some bodies healthy as we head to Virginia Beach this Friday to play again. This is our last chance to tune up before we finish in Florida the following week. Stats are posted, as always, GO CHICKS !!!

Friday, August 17
Chicks Info

Dixie Chicks 14u still looking for a couple players. We are looking for girls that are willing to commit and subscribe to hardwork and being dedicated to becoming the best you can be. If you have any questions or need more information, then please contact David DuRant at dixiechicks14usoftball@yahoo.com or at 804-283-4350. To schedule a private tryout, please contact David DuRant.



Sunday, July 22
Chicks get rained on
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The Chicks went to Va. Beach this weekend and won a couple games but the most of tournament was canceled due to heavy rain on Friday night and another monsoon on Saturday afternoon. We got some good pitching and timely hitting to pull out our 2 wins. We have a few days off before we head to Nationals in Florida this upcoming weekend for our last tournament of the Summer. It has flown by as it always does in the Summer because we play such a condensed schedule. We need to be playing our best ball next week as we try to claim those Championship rings. Our last practice of the Summer season is Thursday, July 26th 5:00 at Midlothian High School. Stats are posted, as always GO CHICKS !!!

Wednesday, November 9
Kelly Heinz signs at VT

Kelly Heinz signs at Virginia Tech and now she will officially be a Hokie starting next Fall. She has been verballed since last August. Click on this link to read her info from hokiesports.com.



Wednesday, November 2
Price signs at George Mason
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Casey Price will continue her softball career at George Mason University next fall after she signs with them today. Casey will certainly help GMU right away, she was an All-Metro and All-State player as a Junior and I expect her Senior season to go just as well or better. Casey is a great player, person and teammate. I expect great things from her in the future and I know she will be an impact player in the CAA. Congratulations to Casey and her family, I'm sure she will make the Chicks proud. As always, GO CHICKS !!!



Monday, August 8
Chicks finish Summer 56-5
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The Chicks finished a great Summer in Williamsburg this past weekend going 5-1 and running our overall Summer record to 56-5. That is alot of ball in just 9 weeks. We played every weekend this Summer except for our one off weekend in July. This is one of the best hitting Chicks team ever as shown by our gawdy batting statistics. I'm going to miss all our players going off to College and moving on to other endeavors. I had alot of fun with you young ladies this Summer and I'm very proud to know and coach all of you. We don't have much down time as we have open tryouts this Saturday, August 13th Midlothian High School at 11:00. I know we will adding at least 7 players next week. We are only looking to add players interested in playing at the next level. Final Stats  are posted. Thanks ladies for another sucessful season, as always GO CHICKS !!!

Monday, July 25
Chicks go 5-0 in Cardinal Classic
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The Chicks went to Raleigh this past weekend and rolled off 5 more wins to run our record to 43-2 for the Summer. We played in temperatures as hot as we have ever played in. The heat index soared to 115 degrees but the Chicks never faltered. I was very proud of the way the girls handled the heat. We are staying the rest of the week in Raleigh to try and claim the PONY National Championship. Stats are posted. As always, GO CHICKS !!!

Monday, July 18
Chicks go 7-1 in Hot Times Classic
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The Chicks went on the road again this past weekend to Florence, SC and played some really good ball going 7-1. The first team we played on Thursday turned out to be the last game we played on Sunday. We beat the eventual Champion Carolina Curve on Thursday 7-5 only to get knocked out by them on Sunday. We still are having a very sucessful season with a 38-2 record as we head on the road again Friday for the Cardinal Classic Showcase that ends on Sunday and we start Nationals on Monday, July 25th in Cary, NC. We need to practice hard this week so we can claim a National Championship next week. Stats are posted, as always GO CHICKS !!!

Sunday, June 26
Chicks go 7-1 in Firecracker
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The Chicks travelled to Pennsylvania this past weekend and finished with a 7-1 record for the weekend. We went 6-0 in pool play and seeded first out of 46 teams. We then won our first round elimination game 3-2 but lost in the quarter-finals 2-1 in 8 innings. We did not play bad but the ball bounces funny sometimes for everyone and we did not capitalize on numerous oppurtunities we did have in the game. We have to put that behind us and move on to a long 4 day tournament at Virginia Beach this upcoming weekend. Stats are posted, as always GO CHICKS !!!

Monday, July 4
Chicks Win Mid Summer Championship
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The Chicks travelled to sunny Virginia Beach this past week for a long four day event and impressed everyone. The Chicks rolled off 12 straight victories to claim the Championship of the Mid-Summer Showcase and National Qualifier. We earned our berth for PONY Nationals in Cary for later in the month. We had a total team effort for the weekend but I was impressed on Sunday as it was baking hot and we rolled off 5 straight victories and got better each game in doing it. This is the type of tournament when you need lots of depth and it showed, finishing 1st out of 48 teams from all over the east coast is quite a accomplishment. I am really proud of everyone and I'm sure I can speak for all the young ladies parents that they were proud of you to. Practice is Wednesday at Midlothian High School, enjoy your weekend off as we get ready to roll into Florence, S.C. to play the Hot Times Classic in a couple weeks. Stats are posted, as always GO CHICKS !!!

Tuesday, June 14
Chicks get the Summer started
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Our Chicks started the Summer season this past weekend in Annandale, Va. in the BRYC Showcase. We went 5-0 and made it to the Championship game but got rained out in the 4th inning and we were behind so we were placed second. It was still a good weekend to get some games under our belt and prepare for the rest of the Summer. We still need to work on some things but overall I was pleased for hardly no practice and a skeleton crew on Saturday. See you at practice on Wednesday at 6:00 p.m.  Midlothian High School. Stats are posted. As always, GO CHICKS !!!



Monday, June 20
Chicks Win Virginia State Championship
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The Chicks came out ready to play this past weekend and rolled off 7 straight victories to claim the NSA Virginia State Championship. I was really proud of the girls as they played almost flawless defense and really hit the ball well. We had a lot of stars for the weekend and everybody contributed to our successful weekend. We beat some quality teams in pretty good fashion. Let's keep rolling next weekend and get our PONY national berth in Pennsylvania. See you at practice on Wednesday at Midlothian High School. Stats are posted, as always GO CHICKS !!!

Saturday, June 4
Heinz's perfect game gives Lee-Davis region softball title

For most teams, the perfect end way to end the Central Region softball tournament is with a win. For Lee-Davis, the word "perfect" carries some extra special meaning.

Confederates' pitcher Kelly Heinz faced 21 Matoaca batters in this year's final. None of the 21 Warriors reached first base as she led host Lee-Davis to a 6-0 victory Friday.

Both teams advance to the VHSL Group AAA state tournament next week. The Confederates host Northwest Region runner-up Halifax, while Matoaca will travel to Battlefield. Both games are Tuesday night at 7.

Heinz steamrolled through Central Region opponents, one-hitting Clover Hill in the quarterfinals and no-hitting Thomas Dale in the semifinals. She struck out 12 Matoaca batters, including the side in the third and sixth innings.

"It feels great to do all this, but it's not the end for us," said a practically minded Heinz. "We still have to push through and work hard every single day. It'll pay off in the end."

Fans were aware of her impending feat, some even risking a jinx by mentioning "perfect game" before it was over. Heinz knew she had a chance at one, too, but tried to not think about it.

"I think I always jinx myself when I think about it," Heinz said. "I just hoped my defense would back me up. I knew they would and hoped for the best."

Ironically, the last batter she faced was Matoaca pitcher Jessica McCabe. Heinz stepped off the rubber and paused briefly before going for the final out.

"We had everybody standing up in the bleachers. Everybody was cheering and screaming and I knew everybody was kind of getting antsy," Heinz said. "I saw a couple of outfielders jumping around looking forward to it. I was just trying to make sure everybody was calm and took a break before that final batter."

Heinz need not have worried. She struck out McCabe to end the game.

"I've never seen one of those," said Matoaca coach Scott Driskill of Heinz's perfect game. "She was on. Even my best hitters had a hard time getting a piece of her. She was very impressive."

Driskill also was impressed with the other eight players supporting her.

"We actually put it in play hard a few times, but they made some good plays out there defensively," Driskill said. "They've got a good team behind her."

But the Warriors were outgunned. After four scoreless innings, the Confederates scored the go-ahead run in the fifth inning. Their No. 9 batter, Lacie Madison, singled, stole second, advanced to third on Haleigh Cottrell's groundout to second base, and scored on center fielder Charyssa Parent's single.

Lee-Davis scored five insurance runs with two outs in the sixth inning. Taylor Melton singled and scored on a triple by Madison. Cottrell reached on a fielding error that also scored Madison. Parent singled and Heinz drove Cottrell in with another single. Casey Price then tripled home Parent and Heinz.

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Saturday, June 4
Warriors make history
BY THOMAS C. DOZIER (SPORTS EDITOR)Published: June 1, 2011
ASHLAND - The Matoaca softball team, since moving to the Virginia High School League AAA level, made school history when it advanced to the Central District championship game.
With the championship game appearance, the Warriors did one better and secured their first Central Region berth.
Well, Matoaca raised the bar once again.
The Warriors scratched across two runs in the top of the fourth inning and defense and pitching made it stick as visiting Matoaca defeated Patrick Henry 2-1 in the Central District quarterfinals on Tuesday.
The Matoaca eight-year coach Scott Driskill explained why the Warriors were ready for the task against the No. 1 seed from the Colonial District.
"We've faced great competition every game in the Central District and I really don't think other people understand that," Driskill said. "Their pitcher [Emma Mitchell] is a great pitcher, and one of the best in the area, but we have four pitchers in our district from Thomas Dale, Prince George, Dinwiddie and Colonial Heights that can match up with anyone. We were ready for this and our district is the reason."
Matoaca freshman pitcher Jessica McCabe, didn't look anything like a first-year player in this game played amid temperatures that hovered around 100 degrees. In the final tally, she gave up four hits to a team that had won 19 straight games, and registered 11 strikeouts, four of them coming at crucial junctures.
"She has been playing so much travel ball, she doesn't play anything like a freshman" Driskill said. "Besides some of the great plays today, I am so proud of this team [and program] because I know how far we have come. We have gotten better every single season since I have been here."
In fact, McCabe had recorded five strikeouts in the first two innings but the downside was the Patriots' Madison Gilman, who had the only hit of the game in the first two innings for either team, launched a home run, on a 3-2 pitch, over the left field fence to give the home team a 1-0 lead.
But Matoaca was undaunted and the seniors got it started. Senior Krysten Davis led off the top of the fourth inning with a crisp double in the left-center field gap. Then, the flex player - senior Ashley Warren - ran for her and Morgan Kiefer followed with the sacrifice bunt. The sophomore's attempt was so nice that it allowed her to reach first for the base hit and move Warren over to third base.
So with one out, senior Victoria Lloyd hit a ball to the Patrick Henry second baseman Alley West and she opted to throw home on the fielder's choice and slid in safely to tie the game at 1-1. What the Patriots didn't see was Kiefer, displaying brilliant speed, never stopped and came around to score and give the visitors a lead they would never relinquish.
"Davis got it started and we put our flex player in [Ashley Warren] and she scored the first run," Driskill added. "But Morgan Kiefer, who is very fast, never stopped. We came in here being aggressive and we were going to continue to be aggressive. We feel like we have nothing to lose, so we are going to take chances."
That is the same modus operandi employed by the Matoaca baseball team and veteran coach Fred Stoots. So Driskill took a page out of their book, with the majority of the Warriors baseball team in attendance, which proved to be a nice touch for a team that was ousted from the playoffs less than 24 hours earlier.
Patrick Henry threatened a couple of times thereafter but two things became evident: one, the defense especially third baseman Melissa Skoff was prepared to make plays; two, the Warriors would not let Gilman beat them at the plate.
In the bottom of the fourth, Ashley Samuels led off with the walk for the Patriots. Anna Hogue attempted to bunt but the fast-charging Skoff snared the ball in the air for the first out and tossed to first to get the runner before she got back for the double play. She capitalized on her defensive prowess by leading off the next inning with a single.
Skoff, who the team calls 'Steady Eddie,' made three other defensive gems including the second out of the final inning on a over-the-shoulder catch in foul territory.
"She has just been so steady in the field," Driskill said. "She used to be our pitcher and when we asked her to move over to third, she never once complained, and she has gone on to be an all-district player at third base. I couldn't be more proud of her."
With the win, Matoaca improved to 15-6 while Patrick Henry finished the season with a 19-2 record. The Patriots only loss before the game was a season-opening loss to Maggie Walker Governor's School.
"Today we had some people in different positions," said Patrick Henry 11th-year coach Matt Crowder. "But that is still not an excuse. We were just not completely focused and we kicked the ball around a little bit.
"Also, I think it hurt us a little because we were not very familiar with the Matoaca lineup. But all in all, it was a great season and the nucleus of this team returns next year."
Crowder, who said the team is a junior-laden team, got a strong performance out of pitcher Emma Mitchell. The right-hander gave up five hits and recorded four strikeouts.
Matoaca, will play Cosby a 10-3 winner over Hanover, in a region semifinal game on Thursday at Lee-Davis High School. Game time is 7 p.m. The Titans beat the Warriors 5-2 on March 24 but Driskill said his team is much improved since then, especially on defense where the team has only 11 errors on the season.

- Thomas C. Dozier can be reached at tdozier@progress-index.com

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Sunday, June 12
Lee-Davis wins first state softball championship
Lee-Davis played in the Virginia High School League Group AAA state softball tournament championship game for the second consecutive year Saturday. A year ago, the Confederates lost. Long before Davis or anyone associated with the current L-D program came along, the Confederates were state runners-up from 1982-84. Lee-Davis turned to small ball in Saturday's final, scratching out a run in the fifth inning to experience the euphoria of winning a state championship with a 1-0 victory over Battlefield of Haymarket. Pitcher Kelly Heinz, a junior named the Gatorade state player of the year, was magnificent with 16 strikeouts. She allowed five hits, and it was the defense behind her that ensured the Confederates would raise the championship trophy. "We were doing everything we could to get a run across," said Taylor Melton, who opened the fifth with a bunt single. "It's something we've been working on all year and we knew it was going to pay off no matter what. She (Davis) put enough trust in me to get it down. . . . I did what I had to do and did it for the team." Lee-Davis (26-1) became the third Hanover County school to win a state softball crown in the 2000s, following Atlee in 2002 and Hanover in 2006. The Confederates are the eighth Central Region team to win the title. The other five are Douglas Freeman (1980), J.R. Tucker (1981), Midlothian (1994), Manchester (1996) and Varina (1997). Lee-Davis, Hanover, Midlothian, Mills Godwin, Varina, Atlee and Thomas Jefferson have been runners-up. "We achieved every goal we set. For us to do that was huge, especially for the seniors coming back here a second time," said Melton, a senior. "I can't give you an amount of words about how I feel right now." The Confederates had runners in scoring position in the second, third and fourth innings but couldn't get a run across. Battlefield shortstop Shannon Black threw out Ryleigh Hawker, who had two hits, at home in the fourth after Meredith Holmes' hard hopper bounced off the third baseman and directly to Black."It was frustrating," Melton said of the missed chances, "but you have to keep fighting in games like this." Lacie Madison followed Melton's bunt single in the fifth with a bunt single of her own. Haleigh Cottrell moved up the runners with a sacrifice bunt. After a strikeout, Heinz hit a bouncer to Black, who fielded the ball cleanly, tried to tag Madison and then saw she couldn't make a play at third. Black then looked to first and saw she couldn't make a play on Heinz, who was credited with an RBI when Melton scored.  Battlefield, 25-2 and holder of a 24-game winning streak, threatened in the top of the sixth. Tyler Welch, one of 12 seniors on the Bobcats' roster, singled. Bailey Liddle dropped a bunt down the third-base line. Madison threw to second baseman Hawker at first to get Liddle. Hawker, a freshman, turned and threw to Melton at second, who tagged out Welch, who had overrun the bag. "I saw her get a big lead once she went around (the bag), and I was hoping Ryleigh saw it," Melton said. "When she hummed it to me, I turned and knew exactly where (Welch) was, and I knew we were going to get the double play." The Bobcats had one more chance in the seventh when Kimmy Brady led off with a single. She moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and to third when Miranda Kemp's chopper bounced over Heinz's glove and Melton chose not to make a throw. Heinz struck out Erika McLaughlin and Kat Palmer, and the celebration began.
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Friday, June 3
All-District and All-Region Chicks

We had another good showing for this year with lots of All-District, All-Region and All-Metro players.

Kelly Heinz - 1st Team All District and Pitcher of the Year, 1st Team All Region, 1st Team All-Metro Player of the Year, Virginia State Gatorade Player of the Year - Lee-Davis

Sheere Lamp - 1st Team All District and Player of the Year, 1st Team All Region - Central High Lunenburg

Haleigh Cottrell - 1st Team All District, 1st Team All Region, 2nd Team All-Metro - Lee-Davis

Casey Price - 1st Team All District, 1st Team All Region, 1st Team All Metro - Lee-Davis

Melissa Skoff - 1st Team All District, 2nd Team All Region - Matoaca

Peyton Larus - 1st Team All District, 1st Team All Region - Midlothian

Dee Dee Samuels - 1st Team All District, 1st Team All Region, 2nd Team All-Metro - New Kent

Lacie Madison - 1st Team All District - Lee-Davis

Sierra Ford - 2nd Team All District - Powhatan

Rachel Baldwin - 2nd Team All District - New Kent

Sam Page - 2nd Team All District - Clover Hill

Katelyn King - 2nd Team All District - Matoaca

Practice starts Sunday, June 5th at Midlothian High School at 11:00 a.m. As always, GO CHICKS !!!



Wednesday, March 30
Larus fast forwards to softball stardom

Larus fast forwards to softball stardom

By Fred Jeter
CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Midlothian High’s Peyton Larus already has a softball scholarship to the University of Virginia. 
Ash Daniel/Chesterfield Observer

Midlothian High’s Peyton Larus already has a softball scholarship to the University of Virginia.  

Peyton Larus had virtually no softball experience and barely knew the rules when she first tried out as a Midlothian High freshman.

What she did have was something you can’t buy, borrow or even steal – flat-out sprint speed. That was enough to get her cleats in the dugout.

Since then, you might say she took her gift of fleet feet and ran with it. Now as a senior, Larus is the Trojans’ captain/leadoff hitter/ shortstop, already with a scholarship to the University of Virginia.

“Oh, my goodness, Peyton is such an athlete – she’s like the wind,” says first-year Midlothian coach Sara Gibson.

Allan Spencer, a former Midlothian assistant who is Larus’ travel coach for the Dixie Chicks, put it like this: “When Peyton first came out [at Midlothian], all she could do was run. She took that raw ability and turned into a star.”

Larus was a pinch-running specialist as a Trojans’ freshman. The past two years she’s earned All-District honors (and also All- Academic) for her all-round play.

The daughter of Steve and Corinne Larus hit .425 a year ago while leading MHS in stolen bases for a third straight season.

This past spring and summer, she was kicking up the dust on the base paths for the Dixie Chicks, swiping 70 bags.

“She’s super quick – legitimate Division I speed,” says Spencer.

The 5-foot-9 Larus, a natural right-hander who bats left-handed, has been clocked at a stunning 2.7 seconds from home plate to first base; anything under 3.0 is exceptional.

By comparison, swift U.S. Olympians Caitlin Lowe and Natasha Watley were 2.6 and 2.5 respectively. University of Alabama All-America Brittany Rogers, a national leader in stolen bases, was timed at 2.6.

Larus describes her approach at the plate, from the left side: “My goal is to get on base… and I don’t care how…I slap some, drag bunt some, hit away some…The defense has no idea what I’m thinking. I’m unpredictable.”

On her defensive transfer from centerfield to short, she says: “You’re in the action more; it’s different, but I’m stepping up for the team.”

Larus has never run track in high school, but she was undefeated at 100- and 200-meters for St. Edward’s in the area Independent Middle Schools circuit.

Until arriving at Midlothian, she was more about cartwheels and tumbling for the Fame competitive cheerleading squad. She continues to sparkle on the cheer circuit.

This past summer Larus was one of 22 finalists at the CheerCon National Cheerleader of the Year competition. She also captained Midlothian’s sideline cheering squads for football and basketball.

Softball and cheering are an odd combination – but Larus combined the two to draw attention from college softball scouts. In mailing out a self-made recruiting video to a host of schools, she included all the usual skills – her running, throwing, hitting, fielding…

But there was an extra added attraction. “Right at the end of the video, I did a back tuck and a round-off back handspring, with a back tuck – a tumbling pass,” she said with a laugh. “I just said ‘why not’ and threw it in…I know the Virginia coaches got a chuckle out of it. They said they paid more attention to it than they would have.”

You might say Larus impressed the Cavaliers’ coaches with her athletic talents rightside up and upside down.



Friday, March 18
Pitching gives Lee-Davis edge over Prince George on the softball field
The last time the Prince George and Lee-Davis softball teams met, Prince George walked off the field with the Central Region championship trophy.
That was last May. The schedule brought them together in a new season Thursday evening at Lee-Davis. Both teams have a good number of returning players.
What the Confederates have is a veteran pitcher, junior Kelly Heinz. The Royals' star hurler, Lauren Vinson, graduated.
Heinz, who pitched a perfect game in last year's state tournament semifinals and threw a five-inning perfect game against Hermitage in Tuesday's season opener, gave up one hit and struck out 17 to lead Lee-Davis to a 6-1 victory Thursday.
"Facing one of the top pitchers in the state is a tough task," Prince George coach Pat Waguespack said.
The Royals committed three errors that led to a Lee-Davis run in the first inning. The Confederates added two runs in the second on a single by Taylor Deemer, a walk to Haleigh Cottrell and a triple by Lacie Madison. A walk, sacrifice bunt and an RBI double by Taylor Melton produced another run in the fifth. Lee-Davis' last two runs came in the sixth with Cottrell and Madison producing RBIs. A two-base error by Lee-Davis and a single from Katie Christopher led to Prince George's run in the fourth.
Each team had a significant returner missing. Lee-Davis' Charyssa Parent, a first-team All-Metro pick last year, was absent from both games this week because of an out-of-town school project. PG's Taylor Worley, another All-Metro pick, is recuperating from shoulder surgery and is expected to be out for at least a couple of more weeks.
Lee-Davis will be ranked No. 1 in The Times-Dispatch Top 10. Prince George may not be there to start with, but "we're still finding our way, finding out where we want to put some players," Waguespack said. "I'm thinking (opponents) will have to watch out."

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Sunday, November 14
Chicks finish Fall in style
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The Chicks went to sunny Myrtle Beach and finished the Fall Season running off 6 wins in the Early Signing Showcase. We finished the year strong winning our last 13 games and going 34-2-2. I was proud of all the young ladies this past weekend as we had to come from behind to win 3 of the games. We had a lot of different players step up in the hitting department. I know everyone is looking forward to a little down time until High School ball starts in February but I am sure I will be bored in a few weeks. It's a long time until we get to play again in June. I hope everyone has a great off season. We will be having a Christmas party next month, I will get everyone the details soon. Thanks for a great season, final stats are posted. As always, GO CHICKS !!!

Tuesday, November 2
Chicks Win Halloween Cup
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The Chicks won the Halloween Cup this past weekend going 6-0 for the weekend. We started the weekend a little sloppy but we improved every game and I was proud of all the girls as we had lots of different players step up and contruibute to winning the Championship. We ran our record to 28-2-2 for the Fall with just 6 showcase games left in Myrtle Beach next weekend. Everyone should have their rooms lined up for the last tournament. I will e-mail the schedule for Myrtle Beach soon. Keep working hard !!! As always, GO CHICKS !!!

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Sunday, October 24
Chicks go 2-1 in local friendly
The Chicks went 2-1 on Sunday in a local round robin friendly at the Dumbarton Complex. We looked good at times and a little rusty at times. I contribute the rust to missing practice last week because of rain. We have our last practice of the Fall on Wednesday at L.C. Bird. Hopefully we won't get rained on again. We did run our record for the Fall season to 22 wins, 2 losses and 2 ties. We need to work hard to finish strong in town next weekend and Myrtle Beach in November. Stats from today are posted. As always, GO CHICKS !!!

Monday, November 22
Lamp and Samuels ink College deals
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Sheree Lamp and Debnes Samuels sign their College deals for next Fall. Sheree will be headed to Lynchburg College to play for Dawn Simmons and Debnes will be headed to Christopher Newport to play for Keith Parr. Both schools are very good schools and very competitive in their conferences. Sheree will join her teammate from last season Amanda Parker at Lynchburg and Debnes will reunite with her teammates from the past Ashley Currin, Liz Holte and Krista Townsend at CNU. I am extremely happy both young ladies have made the decision to continue their softball careers. I wish the best for the both of you. I still have you for one more Summer before you go off to college so let's go out and finish next season strong by winning Nationals. As always, GO CHICKS !!!

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Sunday, October 10
Chicks go 4-0-1 in Super Fusion Showcase
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The Chicks went on the road to Raleigh, NC this past weekend and had a good showing going 4-0-1 against some very tough competition. We won some good close games and and our only blemish was a 0-0 tie against the local host Team TFS. I was extremly happy with our defense only allowing 2 runs in 5 games. We need to keep working hard and finish the fall strong. See you at practice on Wednesday, stats are posted. As always, GO CHICKS!!!

Thursday, January 6
Baldwin commits to Lynchburg
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Rachel Baldwin committed to Lynchburg College and will join teammate Sheree Lamp and former teammate Amanda Parker next Fall. Rachel had a great Fall for the Chicks last year and we are expecting big things this Summer from her. Congratulations go out to Rachel and her family, keep working hard. As always, GO CHICKS !!!

Tuesday, September 28
Chicks go 4-1 in Beach Showcase
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The Chicks travelled to Virginia Beach this past weekend to play in the Super Showcase Invitational and played some good teams and got out of town with a 4-1 record. We played really good all weekend and could have won every game. We came up a little short in our second game on Saturday but other than that minor setback we looked good and beat some big name Gold teams and I expect us to continue to improve every week. Great job ladies. I will see you at practice next Wednesday, Oct. 6th at 7:00 at L.C. Bird High School. Stats are posted, as always GO CHICKS !!!

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Monday, September 20
Chicks Win Salem Showcase Championship
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The Chicks headed to Salem this past weekend and went 7-0 to claim their 2nd straight championship in as many tournaments. We played some really good ball at times and beat some good teams on Sunday. It was quite warm for supposedly a Fall weekend but no one ever quit and we rattled off 7 straight to get the Championship hardware and run our record to 12-0-1 for the young season. Great job from everyone, see you at practice on Wednesday to get ready for another tough challenge in Virginia Beach next weekend. Stats are posted, as always GO CHICKS !!!

Wednesday, June 29
Madison commits to George Mason
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Lacie Madison will continue her softball career at George Mason University. Lacie has verballed and can officially sign in the Fall. I'm sure she is excited that the recruitment process is over and now she can just relax and have some fun playing ball. I'm sure she will make the Chicks proud. As always, GO CHICKS !!! 



Monday, September 6
Chicks start season with Labor Day Championship
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The Chicks start the Fall with an undefeated weekend going 5-0-1 and claiming the Championship of the Labor Day Scramble in our first tournament of the season. We played pretty impressive ball for only 3 practices together. I expect us to get even better the more we practice and play together and all get to know each other a little better. Let's keep working hard to get ready for Salem in two weeks and claim another Championship. See you at practice on Wednesday, stats are posted. As always, GO CHICKS !!!

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Monday, July 26
Chicks get rained on again
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The Chicks went to Hagerstown, MD this past weekend to play the Tri-State Thunder Invitational Showcase and played some really good ball in extremly hot conditions only to have the the end of the tournament canceled by rain and lightning. We have had some rotten luck with the weather the past couple weekends. We have our last practice of the summer season this Thursday at Midlothian High School to get ready for Florida. Nationals start next Monday in Orlando and I don't think that it can be much hotter in Florida than it was this past weekend. Let's go claim those National Championship rings, as always GO CHICKS !!!

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Sunday, July 11
Sink earns MVP recognition

Cosby's Sink earns MVP recognition

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Cosby's Heather Sink delivered the game-winning double in the 10th inning of the East's 3-2 victory.

By Staff ReportsArthur Utley | TIMES-DISPATCH STAFF WRITER
NEWPORT NEWS -- The outcome of the Virginia High School Coaches Association East-West all-star softball game came down to standout pitcher vs. standout hitter.

West pitcher Hannah Light of Coeburn High faced Heather Sink of Cosby. Sink delivered the game-winning double in the 10th inning of the East's 3-2 victory at Christopher Newport University, site of yesterday's game that was played under gray skies in a nice breeze. The sweltering heat of the previous two days didn't materialize for the 10:30 a.m. start.

The town of Coeburn is at least 400 miles from CNU. Light's page in the souvenir program is filled with accomplishments. She is a Virginia High School League record holder for consecutive no-hitters (3) and will pitch at Mars Hill (N.C.) College.

Sink, The Times-Dispatch, Dominion District and Central Region player of the year, is an extraordinary hitter who struck out only twice during the season.

Light, the third pitcher for the West, struck out Sink in the seventh inning of a 2-2 game. Sink singled in her first two at-bats and grounded out in her third plate appearance.

The East scored two runs in the first off Kaylla Holdway of Powell Valley (even farther west than Coeburn) with the help of West errors. The West tied the score on Holdway's two-run single in the fourth and put runners on third base in the eighth and ninth innings of the scheduled nine-inning game but couldn't score.

The West went quietly in its half of the 10th. East leadoff hitter Mary Beth Sciolino of Hanover grounded out before speedy Ashley Reetz of Great Bridge beat out a bunt single then stole second with Sink at the plate.

Sink, who was Cosby's leadoff hitter for four years, hit in four different spots in the lineup yesterday. She fouled off several two-strike pitches before stroking a double off the left-field fence. Reetz scored easily with the winning run.

"I was so glad I could redeem myself. After my last at-bat (the strikeout), I knew I had to do something this time," Sink said. "She got me on a rise ball, and I thought she would throw it again. After I swing, I don't watch where the ball goes, but it felt solid."

Sink, who will attend Shenandoah University, was voted the East MVP. Holdway was the West MVP.

Hanover's Sciolino reached base on an error to open the game but was thrown out stealing. She was 0 for 2. Sink's Cosby teammate, Megan Bell-Hill, doubled, struck out and flew out. Powhatan catcher Liz Sill struck out in her plate appearance but had a strong game behind the plate (seven innings). Deep Run outfielder Kelly Foate was 0 for 1.

Midlothian catcher Rudy Edmunds made her final high school appearance but did not play. Edmunds suffered a concussion (her fifth) in the Dominion District tournament final, and Dr. Doug Cutter recommended she give up all competitive sports. She was headed to Lynchburg College to play softball but changed her college plans and will attend James Madison University.



Tuesday, July 6
Chicks Win Queen of the Hill
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The Chicks won the Queen of the Hill tournament this past weekend and did it in pretty impressive fashion going 9-0. It was a long hot 3 days but the girls played great and the heat never affected them. We are 17-1 in the last 2 weekends and 23-5 for the Summer and including this groups 2009 Fall season we are impressive 48-6. Let's keep improving each week and claim those National Championship rings in Florida the first week of August. We only have 3 tournaments left with this team, that's hard to believe it seems like we just started. I guess time does fly when your having fun. Enjoy your weekend off and I will see you at practice next week. Stats are posted. As always, GO CHICKS !!!

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Monday, July 19
Chicks go 2-0-1 in rain shortened Cardinal Classic
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The Chicks went to Raleigh this past weekend to play in the Cardinal Classic and played pretty good ball going 2-0-1. We did not get to play 3 games because of numerous lightning and rain delays. Overall, it was a good weekend but I wish we could have gotten to play all of our games. We need games right now to get ready for Nationals. See you at practice on Thursday. Stats are posted, as always GO CHICKS !!!

Sunday, June 27
Chicks go 8-1 in Firecracker Showcase
The Chicks travelled to Mechanicsburg, PA this past weekend and went 8-1 and finished 3rd out of 51 teams. We went 6-0 in our two days of pool play to seed #1 overall in the tournament. We did win our first 2 games on Sunday to advance to the Gold Bracket Semi-Finals but lost our only game of the weekend 8-6 to local rival Richmond Rampage. It's hard to believe but we only have 4 tournaments left for the Summer season. We need to continue to improve each week so we are playing our best ball when we go to Florida for Nationals the first week of August. I was proud of everyone as we played hard all weekend but we still need to learn how to finish. We have practice on Thursday at Midlothian High School at 6:00 as we need to get ready for another long, hot weekend at Queen of the Hill here in Richmond. Stats are posted, as always GO CHICKS !!!

Wednesday, June 2
All-Metro Pitcher and Player of the Year
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The Chicks are represented well in the Districts around Virginia. We have many first team and second team all-district and all-region selections. We also have the Central Region Pitcher of the Year with Kelly Heinz and Central Region Player of the Year with Heather Sink. Great job everyone. As always, GO CHICKS !!!

Kelly Heinz - 1st team all-district, 1st team all-region, district pitcher of the year, regional pitcher of the year and metro pitcher of the year.

Heather Sink - 1st team all-district, 1st team all-region, district player of the year, regional player of the year and metro player of the year. 

Sheree Lamp - 1st team all-district, 1st team all-region

Amanda Parker - 1st team all-district, 2nd team all-region

Peyton Larus - 1st team all-district, 2nd team all-region

Suzanne Spencer - 1st team all-district

Brooke Chewning - 2nd team all-district

Lacie Madison - 2nd team all-district



Friday, March 26
Girls athlete of the week
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Richmond Times Dispatch

Girls athlete of the week: Kelly Heinz

What she did: Heinz, a sophomore pitcher, was 2-1 in one-run games against fellow T-D Top 10 teams Matoaca, Prince George and Mills Godwin. She allowed one earned run, gave up five hits and struck out 37 in the three games. Age: 16

Three words your friends would use to describe you: "Determined, hardworking, passionate."

Strengths: "I'm a team player. I bring my best all the time. I throw the ball really hard."

Toughest opponent other than yourself: "Sheree Lamp [a travel squad teammate]."

I'm working to improve: "My rise ball."

Favorite food: Chicken

Favorite ice cream: Chocolate

Best high school sports memory: "Throwing 15 innings and winning against Atlee last year."

If she had one wish: "To play ball for the rest of my life and not do anything else."

Possession you can't do without: "My glove"

What's on your iPod: "A little bit of everything."

Social network: "I don't have any. I want a Facebook page, but I'm too busy to keep up with it."

One thing about you most people don't know: "I had bowed legs when I was little. I had surgery to correct them. I probably couldn't have played if I hadn't had it."

Sports person you admire the most: Lisa Fernandez, retired from U.S. Olympic softball team.

- Arthur Utley



Monday, June 7
Chicks start season 4-1
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The Chicks played their first tournament of the sumer season this past weekend and went 4-1 in the weather shortened BRYC Classic. We were shorthanded because of High School State playoffs and played pretty well for only having one practice together. We were in the semi-finals when the tournament was finally canceled after numerous lightning delays. We made no excuses and I was proud of everyone as we only had 9 available players for the whole weekend. We play this weekend in Richmond. I will send out schedule as soon as it is posted. We have practice on Thursday at Midlothian High School at 5:30. Stats are posted, as always GO CHICKS !!!

Sunday, June 13
Chick finish 2nd in Rock & Fire
The Chicks finished 2nd in Rock & Fire losing 1-0 in the Championship game. We did get 7 hits and got thrown out at home in the 5th and the left bases loaded in the 7th. We played good but didn't get the breaks today. We will become better in the next couple weeks as we will be getting everyone back from school ball and beach week and graduations. We are practacing on Thursday, June 17th at Midlothian High School at 5:30 and again on Tuesday, June 22nd to get ready for our Pennsylvania trip in 2 weeks. We leave on Thursday, June 24th and play 3 games on Friday, 3 on Saturday and hopefully 4 on Sunday. That's half a high school season in one weekend. I expect us to get better the more we play and to be peaking when we go to Florida for Nationals in August. As always, GO CHICKS !!!

Monday, November 16
Chicks finish season in Myrtle Beach
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The Chicks went on the road for the final time in 2009 to play in the Early Signing Showcase in Myrtle Beach SC. We went 5-1 for the weekend and did win our bracket and concluded our Fall Season at 25 wins, 1 loss and 1 tie. I was extremly proud of all the girls, they played hard all weekend and never quit and learned that the ball bounces funny for everybody sometimes. I'm already looking forward to next Summer and going back to Florida to claim those Championship rings. We will start Winter workouts in January to help you get ready for school ball and remember to hustle all the time on the field, someone is always watching. I will make it to as many High School games as I can to see you play this Spring. Final Stats are posted and they are quite impressive. I will miss everyone, enjoy your off season and as always GO CHICKS !!!

Sunday, November 1
Chicks stay unbeaten
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The Chicks travelled to Sterling this past weekend and stayed unbeaten going 1-0-1 in the East Coast Showcase. We didn't give up any runs in our games on Saturday but we did have a 0-0 tie in our first game. Our Sunday games were washed out by rain. I wished we would have got to play on Sunday because the bats were starting to heat up Saturday afternoon. We ran our fall record to 20-0-1 with just the Myrtle Beach Early Signing Showcase left. Stats are posted, as always GO CHICKS !!!

Monday, October 26
Chicks Win Streak Grows
The Chicks put on quite a show again this weekend going 5-0, scoring 34 runs and allowing just 1 run and winning the USSSA Monster Bash in Richmond. We also ran our record for the fall to 19-0. I can't say enough about this team as they continue to impress everyone. We play next weekend in Sterling, Va in the East Coast Showcase. We are going to face some quality opponents in the final 2 tournaments of the fall season. Let's keep playing hard every play of every game, the season will be over before you know it. See you in Sterling on Friday evening, as always GO CHICKS !!!

Monday, October 12
Chicks go 5-0 in Super Fusion Showcase
The Chicks went on the road again this past weekend to Raleigh, NC to play in the Super Fusion Showcase and went 5-0 and ran our winning streak to 14 games. We played some really good teams and played great defense only allowing 1 run for the weekend. Let's keep working hard and as we have practice next Sunday, Oct. 18th at 4:30 at Dorey Park,  then we play 3 of the next 4 weekends to end the fall season. Stats are posted, as always GO CHICKS !!!

Monday, September 21
Chicks Win Salem Showcase
Salem Showcase Champs
The Chicks travelled to Salem this past weekend and put on quite a show. The Chicks went 7-0 for the weekend and claiming the Salem Showcase Championship. The Chicks had big performances from every player and finished first out of 22 teams from all parts of Virginia. The Chicks team stats were very impressive, 60 runs scored, 86 hits and 7 home runs and we only allowed 2 runs all weekend and the most impressive stat is zero errors in the 7 games played. We had lots of college coaches watching and all of them were impressed as was myself. Let's keep working hard at practice to get better because when you are through improving.... you are through. We don't play again until Oct. 10th in the Super Fusion Classic in Raleigh,NC. Stats are posted, as always GO CHICKS !!!

Monday, September 7
Chicks Start Fall Season
The Chicks started their fall season with 2 wins on Sunday in a round robin friendly and played really good ball for our first time together. We need to keep working hard and improving each week. We have practice on Wednesday at Midlothian High School as we need to get ready for Salem in 2 weeks. Great job ladies, as always GO CHICKS !!!

Monday, July 27
Chicks go 4-1 in Rocky Mount Showcase
The Chicks travelled to Rocky Mount NC this past weekend to play in our last showcase of the season and tune up for Nationals next week in Florida. We played in the "A" Bracket and played some really good teams and to come out of there with a 4-1 was not too bad at all. The girls played great defense and we got some great pitching as well with 3 shutout wins. We also had some timely hitting. I was proud of the way the girls played but we can't let up now. We have our last practice of the Summer season on Wednesday at Midlothian High School. We leave for Florida this weekend, let's keep working hard and finish strong at Nationals. As always, GO CHICKS !!!

Monday, July 20
Chicks show well in Cardinal Classic
The Chicks travelled to Raleigh NC this past weekend and went 3-1 in the Cardinal Classic Showcase. We played some really good teams and played some good ball at times and showed very well. We did get miss our Friday night game because of the monsoon rainstorm. We will practice this Wednesday at Bird at 6:00 to get ready for this upcoming weekend in Rocky Mount. Let's keep working hard to get ready for Nationals in Florida the following week. See you Wednesday at practice. As always, GO CHICKS !!!

Monday, July 6
Chicks go 4-1-1 in rain shortened Queen of the Hill

The Chicks played this past weekend in our only tournament of the year in Richmond and went 4-1-1 in the rain shortened Queen of the Hill. We played great all weekend only giving up 4 runs for the 6 games. We went into Sunday as the 3 seed and were as good as anybody in the field and certainly had a shot of Winning the event but unfortunately we got beat by the rain as they cancelled all of Sunday play. We have a weekend off this weekend before we head to Raleigh, NC the following weekend to play in the Cardinal Classic. See you at practice on Wednesday. Stats will be up soon, as always GO CHICKS !!!

 

 



Monday, June 29
Chicks Finish 3rd in Firecracker Showcase
The Chicks went on the road again this past weekend to Hagerstown, Md. and finished 3rd out of 36 teams in the Firecracker Showcase. We played a lot of really good teams and ended with a 7-2 record for the long weekend. We got some big performances from a lot of different young ladies and that's what makes good teams. I was proud of everyone, great job ladies. We play this Friday in Queen of the Hill in Richmond. I will send out the schedule as soon as I receive it. Let's play hard and win this thing. As always, GO CHICKS !!

Sunday, June 14
Chicks Win Mid-Summer Classic
The Chicks went on the road again this weekend to Pennsylvania to take on their best and came out as Champions of the Mid-Summer Classic. We were short-handed with injuries and graduations but in classic Chick style we pulled out a Championship 10-9 in 8 innings against the Philipsburg Hurricanes coming from behind 4 different times. The Chicks were down 4-3 in the 3rd and we tied it, then fell behind 5-4 and tied it in the bottom of the 6th, then fell behind 8-5 in the 7th and scored 3 in the bottom of the 7th to tie it again. Then we gave it up again to fall behind 9-8 going to the bottom of the 8th but the Chicks found a way to get 2 in the 8th to win it 10-9. The girls played great and I was proud of everyone. The Chicks went 5-0-1 for the weekend. Great job ladies, as always GO CHICKS !!!

Monday, June 8
Chicks finish 2nd in BRYC Classic
The Chicks travelled to Northern Virginia this past weekend and did not disappoint. The girls played great all weekend going 5-1 and finishing 2nd out of 24 teams. We came up a little short in the Championship game losing 1-0 to the Richmond Storm in a game we had several chances but just couldn't push a run across when we needed one. We did beat 2 different Shamrock teams in the same day and not many teams can say that they have ever done that. We have practice on Tuesday to get ready for our Pennsylvania trip on Friday. I was proud of everyone. As always, GO CHICKS !!

Tuesday, November 18
Chicks go 5-0 in Myrtle Beach Finale
The Chicks finished their 2008 Fall Season in style going 5-0 and winning the bracket in the Myrtle Beach College Showcase. We showed a lot of heart coming from behind in 4 of the 5 games. I was proud of everyone as we were shorthanded with more injuries than we have ever had and we still found a way to pull all 5 games out. We never made any excuses and played tough from start to finish. As I have always said "excuses are for losers." We don't make them no matter what the situation is. The off season is upon us but I already miss it. I don't know what I'm going to do with myself for the next few months. Winter workouts will start in late January. Final Stats will be up soon. Congratulations to Alexa Tuck as she signs scholarship at Mount St. Mary's in Maryland. I will miss you all and I wish everyone a Happy Holiday season. As always, GO CHICKS !!

Monday, October 13
Chicks go 3-1 in Va. Tech Showcase
The Chicks went to Salem this past weekend to play in the Va. Tech Showcase and showed well going 3-1 for the weekend. We had our moments this weekend and our only loss came to the Carolina Cardinals 2-0 and we left 10 on base. We had 3 nice wins over some really good teams. I was proud of everyone as we were shorthanded and we made no excuses. We played hard every game and thats all you can ask. Halloween Bash in Colonial Heights is next. As always, GO CHICKS !!!

Monday, September 29
Chicks go 4-1 in Rock Hill Showcase
Our Chicks went to Rock Hill, SC for the Super Fusion Showcase this past weekend and played some good ball and showed very well going 4-1. We played in a tough bracket with some real quality teams and winning 4 games against that type of competition showed everyone that the Chicks can play some ball. It was a long day on Saturday waiting to get started but all the delays didn't seem to affect them at all. Everyone got along great and I am excited about seeing what this team can accomplish down the road.  See you at practice next Sunday as we get ready for Salem the following week. Stats will be added in the next few days. As always, GO CHICKS !!!

Monday, September 15
Chicks start season going 3-0

Our Chicks played this weekend at Bird Complex and looked great going 3-0. I was really pleased for our first time playing together this fall. We had some all-star performances and I am really looking forward to Rock Hill in 2 weeks. We did have an injury to Amanda and she will be out the rest of the fall. She is tough and will be back for Summer ball I'm sure. We are going to miss you Amanda, get well soon. Let's keep working hard and improving each week. As always, GO CHICKS!!!

 



Sunday, August 10
Chicks finish season with 2nd in Softball Nation Nationals
The Chicks ended their 2008 Summer Season finishing 2nd in Softball Nation Nationals. We fell into the losers bracket early falling to the Lady Orioles 1-0 in 10 innings and had to fight our way back to the Championship game by winning 5 straight games and beating the same Lady Orioles to get in the Championship. We then fell to Richmond Elite to claim another 2nd. Fighting your way back through the losers bracket tends to builds character. As you girls get older you will learn that things are not always easy and you can learn life lessons from working hard and doing things that seem impossible.  I was still very proud of everyone as we finished our Summer with a 45-8 record and adding in last Fall the Chicks went 66-16. We are moving to 18U in the fall and we will be having tryouts at Midlothian High School on August 23rd at 4:00 pm. I'm looking forward to another successful campaign next season as we try to get you girls into College playing ball somewhere. Final Stats will be up in the next few days. See everyone soon and as always, GO CHICKS !!!

Monday, July 7
Chicks go 6-1 in Queen of the Hill
The Chicks went 6-1 this weekend in the Queen of the Hill. We played great ball most of the long weekend winning our one game on Friday then getting rained out and having to play 5 games on Saturday winning them all  but I think the long Saturday 8:00 am to midnight took its toll on Sunday and came out a little flat and lost to a good Carolina Flames team that eventually won the tournament. We were the number one seed out of 27 teams. We did beat the Flames on Saturday but as you know tournaments aren't won on Saturday. I was still very proud of the girls as we improved our record to 24-4 in the Summer and 45-12 overall from the Fall of last year and this Summer. We play PONY States next, then off to Ohio for Nationals. As always, GO CHICKS !!

Tuesday, July 22
Chicks Win PONY States
The Chicks went to Chesapeake, Va. last weekend and claimed the PONY State Championship going 4-0 before the rain came and washed us out. We had allowed only 1 run in the 4 games so we were crowned State Champs. We head to Ohio on Friday for PONY Nationals. We finished second last year, let's win it this year. We are playing good ball and seem to peaking and the right time. See you in Ohio, as always GO CHICKS !!!

Monday, June 30
Chicks finish 2nd in Firecracker Showcase
The Chicks went north this past weekend to Pennsylvania to play in the Firecracker Showcase and went 9-1 for the tournament beating a lot of great teams from all over the country. We came up a little short in the Championship game against another Virginia team Yorktown Revolution but nevertheless it was still a great weekend finishing 2nd out of 69 teams. We played great team ball all weekend and I was very proud of the all the young ladies. We had big performances by lots of different players and everyone contributed to the great weekend. Great job ladies, lets go win Queen of the Hill this upcoming weekend. As always, GO CHICKS !!!

Tuesday, June 17
Chicks Win Rock & Fire
The Chicks won the Rock & Fire Championship this past weekend beating a good Orion Hunter team in the Championship 3-1. The Chicks got great pitching and played flawless defense allowing only 2 runs in 6 games in the tournament. It was a hot weekend but its all worth it when you play great and finish strong. I was proud of all the girls and I'm sure your parents are also. The Chicks are set to roll North next weekend playing in the Firecracker College Showcase in Mechanicsburg, Pa. Give your all every play and we can do great things. See you at practice on Tuesday. As always, GO CHICKS !!!

Tuesday, June 10
Chicks Start Season in Williamsburg

The Chicks played in blistering conditions this past weekend in Williamsburg and went 4-1 finishing 3rd in the Colonial Invitational. We had a perfect Saturday winning all our pool games and seeding number 1 from our pool. We also won our quarter final game on Sunday then came up flat against Yorktown Revolution in the semi final. I thought it was a good showing for our first time out but as you know, I like winning tournaments and we need to work harder to finish strong. I expect us to get better the more we play. The stats will be up soon. See you at practice on Wednesday. As always, GO CHICKS !!!



Monday, November 12
Chicks Finish Strong
Our Chicks went on the road this weekend and won our final fall tournament going 4-0 and beating the Lady Aces 5-1 in the late night Championship. We played good all day and night in pretty frigid conditions and proved we were the best team there. I was happy to see the team coming together and finishing the season strong. We finished our fall season with a 21-8 record with 2 Championships. I hope everyone has a great school ball season, I will be watching when I can. We will have our meeting for the upcoming Summer season in early March, where we will get our Summer Schedule and collect fees. Enjoy your off season and I hope Santa brings you all new toys. Thanks for a great time, looking forward to next Summer already. As always, GO CHICKS !!!

Monday, October 15
Chicks Win VT College Showcase
The Chicks got back on track this past weekend winning the Virginia Tech College Showcase Tournament in Salem, Va. The Chicks went 5-1 in the tourney, we beat some really good teams over the weekend and beat a good Richmond Storm team in the Championship 7-4. We played great ball all weekend and everybody contributed in winning the tournament. The weekend went great and I saw this team starting to come together. The girls looked like they were having fun and I saw a lot of smiles on their faces. Let's keep it rolling next tourney in Petersburg. The Stats will be up in a few days. As always, GO CHICKS !!

Monday, October 1
Chicks go 6-2 in Fall Festival
The Chicks played in the Fall Festival at Dorey Park this weekend and went 6-2. We played some good games but came up just a little short in a couple games. We still need to work on some things and we need to learn to finish tournaments. When you get chances early you need to put teams away and I think it will come. We need to keep improving every week. We should get a good test in Salem at the VT College Showcase in two weeks. Remember ladies, Be pushed by your dreams not led by your problems and always dream BIG. I will get the stats entered soon. As always, GO CHICKS !!

Monday, May 25
BRYC Classic up next

The Chicks are gearing up to start play June 6th in Annandale, Va. at the BRYC Classic. Keep your eyes open for e-mails about practice. We have almost everybody in Regionals and we will try to practice around High School schedules. Here's a nice article from the paper about Alexa and former Chick Lauryn Nanny.  Partners in crime | Sports | progress-index.com - The Progress-Index  As always, GO CHICKS !!!



Monday, July 9
Chicks Win Queen of the Hill
Our Chicks claimed the Queen of the Hill Championship this past weekend at Dorey Park going 9-0 in blistering hot conditions. The Chicks outsored their opponents 74-8 and we were also crowned State Champions in the process. It was a great weekend and everybody contributed in winning the tourney. It was a nice field of 21 teams and our Chicks left no doubt who was the best team. Great job ladies, see you at practice next week as we get ready to claim a World Series Championship next. As always GO CHICKS !!

Tuesday, September 18
Chicks go 4-2 in Petersburg
The Chicks went 4-2 last weekend in our first Tournament of the Fall in Petersburg. We didn't play bad but we caught no breaks. We have some new faces this season and we need to learn how to finish out tournaments. We need someone to step up and get the big hit in a clutch spot.  As a player, you should want to be in that spot.That's what it takes to win and that's why we play. We will keep working on getting better and getting everyone on the same page and I expect us to be just fine. We still need to add 2 players. See you at practice on Wed. Sept. 26th at L.C.Bird Field # 3 at 7:30. As always, GO CHICKS !!

Monday, July 2
Chicks finish 3rd in Pa.
Our Chicks travelled to Carlisle, Pa. this past weekend and had a great showing finishing 3rd out of 22 teams. We went 6-2 for the weekend and the 2 losses were to both of the teams that were in the Gold Championship. It was a very good weekend and the girls made some new friends from Poughkeepsie, New York. It was great having the Challenge Liberty team and fans cheering us on against other New York teams. The girls really got along great with them at the hotel. It looked like both teams had a blast and that's great to see. Winning is important to us but you got to have some fun doing it and everyone looked like they were having fun. Thanks again for the support from Challenge Liberty and best of luck in the future. As always, GO CHICKS !!

Tuesday, June 26
Chicks finish 3rd in States
The Chicks went 4-2 in the NSA State Championship last weekend and finishing 3rd out of 23 teams. We didn't play our best ball but had some great wins and great comebacks. Get some rest ladies, as we have a long weekend of ball ahead of us. We play 3 pool games on Friday and 3 more on Saturday and elimination round starts on Sunday in Carlisle Pa. See you on Thursday in Pa. Bring your "A" game with you this weekend and let's bring the hardware back to Va. As always, GO CHICKS !!

Tuesday, June 12
Chicks do it again !!
The Chicks rolled into the beach on Saturday, played great ball all weekend and left on Sunday with the First place hardware and our winning streak intact. The Streak grew to 23 straight going 6-0 and beating the Hampton Roads Vipers 4-0 in the Gold Championship. I am proud of all the girls, they are really playing well. Let's keep it rolling at the States and see if we can bring another Championship back to Midlothian. As always, GO CHICKS !!

Sunday, June 3
Chicks Win Streak Grows
Our Chicks played great ball on Saturday, winning both pool games then getting rained out on Sunday. We got great pitching, flawless defense and some very timely hitting. Our Winning streak climbed to 17, carrying over from the fall season. We play next weekend in Chesapeake, Va. at Western Branch Sports Complex. I will send out the schedule as soon as I get it. Great job ladies, keep up the hard work and we will have a great season. As always, GO CHICKS !!

Tuesday, November 7
Chicks Finish in Style
Our Chicks finish the Fall season winning another tournament in frigid conditions. Sunday's weather was a little warmer but Saturday was just cold! The Chicks went undefeated in the tourney and beat a very good Va. Batbusters team in the Championship 5-2. The Chicks finish the Fall with a 15 game unbeaten streak we will carry over with us in the Summer of 2007. I was really proud of how all the girls came together as a team and everybody contributed in all the success. I know the girls are looking forward to some time off, they have only been playing since February. But, I'm already bored with not playing and we haven't been finished ten minutes it seems like. We need to get everyone back healthy before next summer and see if we can stay healthy all season. I wish all the girls good luck with their school ball teams next year and I hope everyone has a great holiday season. I'll be making my way around the high school fields to try and see everyone play this spring, but don't forget most importantly you are still a Chick and the real ball starts in June. We will be going to a World Series somewhere next summer. We will have our team meeting in March sometime when we collect funds and get our Schedule for the year. I'll miss you all, as always GO CHICKS!!!

Tuesday, October 31
Chicks Win Halloween Cup
The Chicks went to Dorey Park this weekend and went 6-0 claiming the Halloween Cup. We had to play all six games on Sunday after getting washed out on Saturday. Our Chicks played really well and it was a total team effort. We beat a tough Richmond Diamonds team in the Championship 7-3. It is the best we have played the whole Fall Season and I'm really proud of all the young ladies. We have a nine game winning streak going, so let's go out and finish the season with six more wins next week. A fifteen game winning streak and winning the last three tournaments of the Fall would be a great way to end it. I'll send out the schedule for next weekend when I get it, should be by Wednesday. I hope everyone is back ready to play, we have some injuries we have to deal with but thats part of the game. We were short-handed last weekend and you never heard any excuses, everybody stepped up and we won. I've always said "excuses are for losers." I don't want to hear them and I never make them. I really like the way the team is coming together and I expect great things from you in the future. As always, GO CHICKS !!

Monday, October 23
Chicks Win in NC
Our Chicks were declared Champions in NC going 3-0 on Saturday and getting rained out on Sunday. We played three tough ball games and came out on top in all of them. I wish we could have played on Sunday but the fields were a mess and someone would have probably got hurt. We finish up this weekend in town, I should get the schedule by Wednesday. Stats will be up by the end of the week. Let's go out next weekend and win another tourney, as always GO CHICKS !!!

Tuesday, September 26
Chicks finish 5th in Salem
Our Chicks travelled to Salem, Va. to play our first College Showcase Tournament and did well. We went 3-2 for the weekend but could have been 5-0. We lost 1 game 3-2 in the bottom of the seventh and the other 4-3 in eight innings to the eventual winner of the tournament Midlothian Thunderstix. We are playing good for just being together a few weeks but we need to learn how to close the deal. I expect we will over the next few weeks. See you Sunday, Oct. 1st at 4:30 for practice at Watkins Elementary School. The stats will be up soon, as always GO CHICKS !!

Tuesday, September 19
Chicks finish 2nd in Fall Opener
The Chicks played their first tournament last weekend in Petersburg and played really good ball going 5-1 and finishing 2nd to the Lady Belles. We had four shutouts in the five wins. We outscored our opponents 28 to 6 for the tournament. We played great I thought for only 2 practices this fall. We have practice this Thursday at 6:00 at Bird High School to get ready for our College Showcase tournament this upcoming weekend in Salem. I've put all the stats in, check them out on the stats page. As always, GO CHICKS !!

Tuesday, June 20
Chicks start season with 2nd and 3rd
We started our 18 and under play in Williamsburg on June 3rd and 4th and finished 3rd place losing to the Ruckus 1-0 in the bottom of the 7th. Then came back the next weekend to finish 2nd in an ASA College Showcase losing to the Ruckus once again in the Championship. We are a very young 18U team and only playing more tournaments and quality opponents will make us better. I'm proud of the way the girls have stepped up to a new level and played very well. We play the NSA States this weekend in Salem, Pracice Thursday at 5:30. See you there, as always GO CHICKS !!

Chicks finish 2nd in NSA World Series
Our Chicks put on another impressive performance in the NSA World Series in Chattanooga Tenn. The Chicks went 7-2 and finished 2nd out of 67 teams. We got great team chemistry all week and all the parents and players had a great time. I know we wanted to win and claim the title of World Champion but 2nd is the farthest we have ever been and we can try again next year. I was proud of all the girls, they played their hearts out and just came up a little short. We play again August 20th-21st in Richmond. Practice will be Tuesday Aug. 16th at 6:00 p.m. at Midlothian High School. See you at practice, as always GO CHICKS !!

Chicks finish Fall with another 1st
Our Chicks went to Petersburg to play our last tournament of the year in the Halloween Bash. We started out slow on Saturday in frigid weather conditions but as the weekend warmed up so did the Chicks. We finished the season with another 1st place finish by beating the Richmond Ruckus 3-1 in a very well played Championship game. Good Luck to all the girls with their High School teams this Spring and I'm already looking forward to a great Summer for the Chicks. We will have a meeting sometime in Jan. to get our schedule together and collect fees. Thanks for a great season ladies and as always, GO CHICKS !!

Chicks go undefeated in Showcase
The Chicks went to Baltimore last weekend and won 3 games and tied 2 games in our first college showcase as a 18U team. We did win our pool beating a very good Sussex Storm team 3-1 on Sunday. We should have won every game but the clock ran out on us and we didn't play tiebreakers. I was very proud of all the girls, they played really well. I'm looing forward to this weekend's Fall State Championship in Petersburg, If we play like we did last weekend we will be USSSA State Champs as well as NSA State Champs. See you Saturday in Petersburg, as always GO CHICKS !!

Chicks finish Summer with another 1st
Our Chicks finished the Summer Season with another 5-0 performance and shutting out the Va. Comets 8-0 in the Championship game of the NSA Dog Days Open in Richmond. The Chicks played great ball all year winning 5 of 7 tourneys and playing in the Championship game every tournament. We had one of our best seasons ever and will jump into the fire playing 18 & under this Fall and next Summer. I had a great time this season and I'm looking forward to more fun this Fall with all of the girls. Keep playing hard and as always, GO CHICKS !!

Chicks Win Mid-Summer Classic in Pa.
Our Chicks had another great weekend going 6-1-1 and winning the Championship in Pennsylvania over the same team we beat in the Va. State Championship Fire n Ice 8-5. It was a great game that went back and forth and ended with us on top. The Chicks are taking a week off then going to the Worlds the following weekend. Great job ladies, see you at practice next week. As always, GO CHICKS !!

Chicks Win NSA State Championship !!
After a week off, the Chicks came ready to play and won the NSA State Championship 2-0 over a very good Fire & Ice team. The Chicks sticks were rolling this weekend outscoring its opponents 33-2 and going 5-0 for the weekend. We played great team ball all weekend but we had some individual awards for the team also. Amber Childress, Kelly Tsiptsis, Molly Hagy, and Morgan DiBello made the all-tournament team and Meghan Cobb won tournament MVP. Everyone contributed to the weekend and was very proud of every single girl on the team. It was a great weekend, let's keep it rolling for the rest of the year. As always, GO CHICKS !!

Chicks Win Queen of the Hill
The Chicks went 6-2 over the weekend and won the Queen of the Hill tournament at the Glen Allen Softball Complex. We are getting ready for Pennsylvania, so I will enter the stats for both tournaments when we get back. See you Friday in Pa. As always GO CHICKS !!

Chicks finish 2nd in Charlottesville
Our Chicks played some great ball last weekend but came up a little short in the Championship game and finished second to a very good Shenandoah Valley Mavericks team. We did play some great games over the weekend and all the coaches and parents were very proud of all the Chicks. See you Thursday at practice at Midlothian High School and no tourney this weekend. We play next in Williamsburg in the NSA States on June 25th and 26th. Have a fun weekend off because we don't have another for a month. As always, GO CHICKS !!

Chicks Win in Prince George
The Chicks played great ball all weekend and won their first tournament of the season. We went 5-1 with 4 shutouts and only gave up 4 runs total for the weekend. We got timely hitting and great pitching and defense all weekend. Let's keep the roll going this weekend in Charlottesville. As always, GO CHICKS !!

Chattanooga for the Chicks?
NSA announced the 2005 Worlds in Chattanooga Tenn. the week of July 24th thru July 30th. I sent out an e-mail to everyone about going to this tournament. I need the parents to reply to the e-mail and tell me if this is a yea or a nay. I don't have many choices because I need the 14 & under team to go with us because I can't spend 2 weeks at different places playing the Worlds. NSA has all age groups playing at the same place. Also, 3 years ago we did very well at the NSA Worlds finishing 3rd.

Larry Jordan has added the whole season of pictures on his website. The web address is http://www.vcrw.org/dc/
Larry takes some great pictures, check them out. Thanks for all you do, if you want any pictures enlarged e-mail him or call him and he can send them to you. We'll have our annual meeting upcoming, details soon. As always, GO CHICKS !!


Chicks 3rd in Bash
Our Chicks had another good weekend going 5-1 and finishing 3rd at the Halloween Bash. We won all our pool games on Saturday beating the Ruckus 4-2, Chain Reaction 11-4 and Smithfield Galaxy 9-2. We also won our first 2 games on Sunday both by shutouts. We beat the West End Waves 5-0 and the Tornados 9-0 before losing to the eventual winners of the tournament Washington Senators 4-0. We put on quite a show hitting the ball the first 5 games then the bats went quiet in the semi-finals. It was still a good weekend and I'm looking forward to Myrtle Beach in 2 weeks. It should be a great tourney and a great way to finish another season. See you at the beach, as always GO CHICKS !!

Second again
The Chicks played last weekend in Petersburg. We went 5-1 and finished 2nd again. We won our first 5 games and 2 were come from behind wins. We also had a 10 run inning to win our first game on Saturday. We lost 5-3 to the Sliders in the Championship game. We play again on Halloween weekend, let's win this one ladies. As always, GO CHICKS !!

Chicks finish 2nd in Raleigh
Our Chicks played their first tournament at 16 and under and played very well finishing 2nd to the Cape Fear Storm. We got outstanding play from several players and looked like the Chicks we all love to watch. We were the best team in Raleigh but just fell a little short in the Championship. We play next in Hopewell on Oct. 9th & 10th. I'm looking forward to it already, let's go out and win this one ladies. As always, GO CHICKS !!

Headed to College Showcase
Our Chicks finish the 2004 fall season this weekend in Myrtle Beach S.C. Our pool games on Saturday are 8:00, 11:00, and 5:00. We play Pitt County Thunder from Greenville N.C., Wake Forest Rockers from Raleigh N.C. and Coastal Xpress from Wilmington N.C. in that order. We will need to play great ball all weekend to win the tourney and impress the college coaches in this showcase. As always, GO CHICKS!!

Early Signing Showcase
Myrtle Beach, SC
Friday 11/12/03 - Sunday 11/14/03

The USFA invites teams to Myrtle Beach, SC. This tournament draws teams from all over the country and Canada. Coaches take this opportunity to showcase your players with the possibility they can be seen. We are limiting entries from each state to ensure the geographical balance of the tournament. Teams get in early! All team checks are deposited, you must wait on being accepted if you cancel or withdraw once you have been notified that you have been accepted into the tournament and you have a reserved spot; you will be refunded one-half of the tournament entry fee; if you withdraw before Oct 12, 2004. Your total tournament fee is non-refundable if you cancel or withdraw from the tournament after Oct 12, 2004 (no exceptions and no substitutions allowed).
Perfect Game teams with the Early Signing Showcase to give players even more college exposure!!!

DATE: November 12th
TIME: 5:00 - 9:00PM
PLACE: Myrtle Beach, SC
What you will receive

Jersey and Visor for yours to keep
Work-out (40-Yd Dash, IF/OF Skills, Catcher Pop Time, H-1B Time, and a Live Batting Practice off Live Pitching)
Profile, Photo, Skill Grades, and Video Placed on the PG Website (Skill grades are based on the averages of each player that has ever attended a PG event. Position players and catchers will be assessed on velocities of their overhand throw, foot speed, pop time, hitting power and technique, and their fielding approach. Pitchers will be assessed on all of the above as well as pitch speed, ball movement, and ball control.)
Your results will be sent out to over 1,000 College Coaches across the US the same day they are posted on the website
Results will be posted on the website 3 weeks after the day of the event
An open forum on the recruiting process before the event
One VHS or DVD copy of your ENTIRE skills performance. This video footage will be unedited and taken primarily from the “skills workout” portion of the Showcase. Video footage includes some or all of the following: running, fielding, pitching, and hitting. Pitching footage will be captured during the games. Awesome price. See website www.perfectgamesoftball.com/email-early.htm & www.perfectgamesoftball.com/events/myrtlebeach/main.htm


PEPPER GEDDINGS / AIR FORCE BASE 3
201 OAK STREET
MYRTLE BEACH, SC 29577 (no gate fees)
1st-4th will receive team trophies. 1st & 2nd will receive individuals.
4 game format. 3 pool play, then single elimination.
Blind draw will be started from single elimination and move backward. This is so that two teams from same state would not start single elimination with a hometown or home state team. 16U will finish at Pepper-Gedding


CHIN STRAPS ARE REQUIRED ON ALL BATTING HELMETS
Teams be ready to play 30 mins. before schedule time


16U Teams as of 11/02/2004
1 PITT COUNTY THUNDER (NC)   13 HAMPTON ROAD VIPERS
2 NORTH CAROLINA FLAMES (NC) 14 MARYLAND MAGIC
3 RIVIERA BEACH SPIRIT       15 MARYLAND CHAMPIONS
4 PITT COUNTY ROCKETS (NC)   16 EAST CAROLINA SLIDERS
5 PALMETTO HARTBREAKERS      17 DIXIE CHICKS (VA)
6 WAKE FOREST ROCKERS       18 NORTH CAROLINA DOMINATORS
7 RED ALERT                  19 CAROLINA LOOKOUTS
8 TRIANGE LIGHTNING (NC)    20 PENINISULA STARS
9 CAROLINA CRUSHERS (NC)    21 CLEARWATER BULLETS (FL)
10 FIREBALL                  22 SOUTH CAROLINA X-TREME
11 COASTAL XPRESS
12 GEORGIA BLITZ




Chicks finish season in Sterling
Our Chicks finished the 2004 Summer season in Sterling Va. in the PONY Nationals last week. We went 4-2 in the tournament, winning the first 4 games and then losing 2 straight games on Friday morning and getting eliminated. I really think the sitting around all day on Thursday and then getting rained out hurt our momentum. We were hitting the ball and scoring lots of runs all week until we got the day off because of rain and then the bats went quiet on Friday. We will be having tryouts for the 2005 season in August. I will notify the returning players when we decide where and when they will be. Thanks ladies for a fun season, looking forward to next season already. As always, GO CHICKS !!

Chicks go 7-1 in Firecracker
Our Chicks played great ball this weekend going 7-1 and finishing 5th out of 36 teams. We went 6-0 in pool play beating teams from Maryland, New York, three from Pennsylvania and one from Virginia. In bracket play we had to face more Va. teams and went 1-1. We had great weather and a great time and I'm already looking forward to going back next season. We only have one tournament left and thats the PONY Nationals in Sterling Va. We need to continue to play great ball and we will do well. I can't believe the summer season is almost done. We will take August off and get ready for 16 and under in September. We are looking at playing 4 or 5 fall tournaments in 16 and under to get ready for next summer. As always GO CHICKS !!

Chicks finish 2nd in Lynchburg
Our Chicks went 4-1 for the weekend in Lynchburg. We won all our pool games and were seeded # 1 and had the bye for Sunday but couldn't quite pull out the tournament win. We played a great 8 inning ball game in the semi-finals and pulled out a great 3-1 come fom behind victory against a very good Extreme Force Blue team but fell short against the Rapids in the Championship. We are off next week but we do have practice on Sunday at 6:00 at Watkins. As always, GO CHICKS !!

Chicks finish 3rd in NIT
Our Chicks finished 3rd in the NIT Tournament this weekend. We played well at times and not so well at times but I'm looking forward to next weekend in Lynchburg. It should be a great time and I've got a hunch we are going to play some very strong ball this up coming weekend. I'll post the start times when I get them. As always, GO CHICKS!!

Chicks Win Worth Showdown
Our Chicks had a great weekend by winning the Worth Showdown in dramatic last inning fashion by scoring 2 runs in the bottom of the seventh and spoiling the day for a very good Thunderstix team. It was a great weekend and we got contributions from every player on the team. I was very happy for all the girls and and all the parents who spent their whole Memorial weekend at the field. Our team turned the corner today and I'm looking for some great things to happen in the near future. See you next weekend in Petersburg and as always, GO CHICKS !!

Chicks finish 2nd in Icebreaker Classic
Our Chicks had another great weekend going 4-1 and claiming 2nd place in the Icebreaker Classic in Hopewell. We beat a couple of very good teams from Northern Va. in the Shooting Stars and the Firebirds but came up a little short in the Championship against the Rapids from Mechanicsville. We did get our berth in the PONY Nationals and thats what we went for, so it wasn't a bad weekend at all. The girls did a great job and I'm already looking forward to the next tournament on April 24th. As always, GO CHICKS !!

Chicks go 4-1 in Halloween Bash
Our Chicks finished the fall season this past weekend winning four games and losing just one. We played played great ball in the first four games outscoring our opponents 30-2 including three shutouts. We ran into a very hot Washington Senators team in the quarter-finals and just got beat. Both teams had 9 hits but they scored a few more runs than we did. It was still a great fall season and I'm looking forward to a great 2004 season as well. I'll miss all of you in the off-season. Keep working hard on your game and have a great holiday season. As always, GO CHICKS !!

Chicks finish 2nd in Fall State
Our Chicks had another great weekend going 5-1 and finishing 2nd in the Fall State Championship. We came a little short in the Championship game against the Rapids but other than that it was a great weekend. We missed Meghan this weekend, hopefully she will be ready to go in the Nov. tournament and we can get some revenge on the Rapids. I was proud of all the girls this weekend, take a week off and I'll see you at practice on Sunday, Oct.25th 3:30 p.m. at Watkins. As always, GO CHICKS !!

Chicks finish 2nd in Courthouse Classic
Our Chicks played super ball all weekend. We went 5-2 for the tournament and finished 2nd to the Vipers. We were leading the Championship until the 5th inning, then a couple of close calls didn't go our way and they went on to beat us for the Championship. I wasn't disappointed though, the team looked great and played great all weekend. I was proud of every single player on the team. Everyone contributed to our great weekend and I can't wait until we play the State Championships next weekend in Petersburg. See you there, As always, GO CHICKS !!

Chicks go 4-2 in World Series
Our Chicks ended another successful season in Orlando going 4-2 in the USSSA "A" World Series. We went into the tournament seeded 6th out of 48 teams. We did win our bracket and we shutout the Maryland State Champs twice in the tournament. We also beat teams from Texas and Tennessee. We had 2 heart-breaking losses, one in extra innings and the other we lost 1-0. We played well and deserved better but things don't always go your way. Thanks girls for a great season and hopefully we won't have to travel so far for the Worlds next season. I'm already looking forward to next season. See you in the fall. As always, GO CHICKS !!

Chicks finish 2nd at Williamsburg
Our Chicks had another good weekend, just came up a little short in the Championship game against the Tornados. It was a 3 hour 12 inning marathon and a great ballgame. The girls played well and looked good at times. We just have one practice left before the Worlds next week in Orlando. We are playing good and I think we'll do just fine in Fla. Looking forward to having some fun in the Florida sun. Thanks, ladies for a great season. See you Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. Watkins for practice. As always, GO CHICKS !!

Chicks Win Queen of the Hill
Our Chicks are Queen of the Hill for the second straight year going 5-0 for the weekend and beating the Storm in the Championship 5-2. We are playing great ball at the right time. We need to keep it going in Williamsburg next weekend and then go into Florida for the Worlds on a roll. We only have 2 weeks of the season left ladies, let's make the most of it. It was a great weekend and I was proud of all the girls, great job. GO CHICKS !!

Chicks fare well in Firecracker
Our Chicks travelled to the Pennsylvania for the Firecracker Tournament and represented the state of Virginia well. We went 6-1 for the weekend, received hardware for being bracket champion, won 1st place in the 14 & under team skills competition, Molly Hagy won the Home Run Derby, Brittany Blankenship received first team all-tournament team honors and Kristi Collins received 2nd team all-tournament team honors. We played like a team and not a bunch of individuals and it showed on and off the field. I was proud to be a part of a great performance like that. Thanks girls for a great time, see you at practice on Thursday at Watkins at 7:00 p.m. As always, GO CHICKS !!

Chicks finish 3rd in USSSA States
Our Chicks went to Williamsburg for the USSSA State Championship and finished 3rd in the "A" class. We had tough games all weekend and lost in 8 innings to the Storm in the semi-finals. We played great defense all weekend, just came up a little short hitting. We will continue to get better and hopefully win another tournament soon. We have played in 5 so far, finished 1st twice, 2nd once and 3rd twice. Not bad at all. See you at practice on Tuesday at Watkins at 7:00 p.m. GO CHICKS !!

Chicks finish 3rd at Rock-N-Fire
Our Chicks finished 3rd at Dorey Park in the Rock-N-Fire tournament. We played great ball most of the weekend but came up a little short in the semi-final game. We went 4-1 in the tournament and beat Fire and Ice in a classic 1-0 game on Saturday. We need to work on some things at practice to get ready for the State Championship next weekend. We are 16-3 for the season and we are still one of the best teams in the area and I'm looking for big things from you ladies in the States, As always GO CHICKS !!

Chicks Conquer Hopewell
Our Chicks did it once again. They found a way to win the Tri-Cities Invitational in a fashion we havn't seen before. They did it coming from behind twice and tying the game in the 7th inning and winning it the 11th inning after both teams had numerous opportunites in all the extra innings. Our Chicks showed great courage and they never quit as they got out of bases loaded jams in the 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th innings. This was a Classic Championship Game as we finally pulled it out in the 11th by scoring 3 runs and ending the Storm's championship dreams beating them 8-5. This was a total team effort and I was proud to be a part of it. This was one of the best games I have ever been a part of, let's keep the momentum rolling next week in Lynchburg. Great Job Ladies, See you at practice Thursday 6:30 at Watkins Elementary. As Always, GO CHICKS!!

Chicks finish 2nd in Tarheel Classic
Our Chicks travelled to Raleigh, North Carolina to play because of all the rain in Richmond and finished the tournament with a respectable 2nd place finish. We went 5-2 for the weekend beating everybody except the Wake Forest Rockers. I'm glad we went because all we would have done is watch it rain in Richmond. We got to play some very good teams and we played well at times. I'm looking forward to the next one. As always, GO CHICKS!!

Chicks Win Rainy Round-up
Our Chicks finish first in the rain-shortened Chesterfield Round-up. Don't ever think bracket games don't count on Saturday because by going 3-0 and allowing the least amount of runs, The Chicks get first place hardware and a free entry into Petersburg Invitational on May 31st. We got great pitching and defense from our Chicks and some timely hitting made us the winner. You know how I feel about winning and doing in the first time out is a great way to start. Let's go out and do it again next week. As always, GO CHICKS!!

2003 World Series
We had our team meeting and voted to go to Orlando, Fla. for the Worlds this year. Here's our tournament schedule:
May 17-18 USSSA @ Bird
May 24-25 USSSA @ Bird
May 31-June 1 USSSA @ Petersburg
June 7-8 ASA @ Lynchburg
June 14-15 NSA @ Dorey or Glen Allen
June 21-22 USSSA State Championship @ Williamsburg
July 4-6 PONY @ Chambersburg Pa.
July 12-13 NSA Queen of the Hill @ Dorey or Glen Allen
July 19-20 USSSA @ Williamsburg or Bird
July 28-August 3 USSSA World Series @ Orlando Fla.

We only have one week off during the season, we need you girls rested and ready to play every game, every weekend. As always, GO CHICKS !!


Chicks finish up in style
Our Chicks finished the season in a great way. We went to the NSA World Series and ended up 3rd out of 56 teams. We were one of the last two undefeated teams in the tourney and we won our first 5 games including a 7-1 win over the Florida State Champs that were 48-0 before we beat them.
We also went to the Commonwealth games after the Worlds and went 4-0 to win the gold medal. We got some revenge on the Peninsula Stars beating them 8-3 in the semi-finals. They were who knocked us out of the State Championship tournament back in June. It was a great season, we ended the year with 38 wins and 14 losses. We also won 4 tournaments and finished 2nd in two and 3rd in two. I was extremely proud of all the girls, it was a fun season and I had a blast. Thanks girls, as always GO CHICKS !!


Fast learners Players make successful move from slow-pitch
BY FRED JETER
TIMES-DISPATCH STAFF WRITER


Slow-pitch softball is a popular sport for girls, but it has a major flaw: It's not offered on the high school level.
That's why Allan Spencer decided it was time for a change.
This summer, the Lady Hawks slow-pitch team became the Dixie Chicks fast-pitch squad.
"There was no more competition for us in slow-pitch," Spencer said. "And it was time to get the girls ready for high school ball. I think you'll see some of them making their JV teams next spring as eighth-graders."
A lot went into the conversion.
First, Spencer merged the Hawks with the existing fast-pitch Dixie Chicks, coached by Dickie Childress.
Childress brought his knowledge of fast-pitch and team name, along with his daughter, shortstop Amber Childress.
"All the other players on last year's Dixie Chicks moved up to U-14," Spencer said. "Amber was the only one we got."
Next, Spencer went shopping for a pitcher. He found what he was looking for in Meghan Cobb of Chester.
"Meghan was awesome in rec ball," Spencer said. "I went down to look at her. I talked to her mother, and she decided to come with us."
A final step for Spencer was to construct a batting cage in his back yard.
"We started working last November learning to hit the fast pitch," Spencer said. "These girls put in thousands of hours. They took 200, 300 cuts a day. They stayed in that cage till their arms were tired."
The strategy worked as the squad became an overnight success story. The maiden voyage into fast-pitch produced a 38-14 record with four tournament championships, including the Commonwealth Games.
The Chicks finished their campaign by posting a 5-2 record and finishing third at the National Softball Association's U-12 World Series in Salem.
"In one year, we went from being the best slow-pitch team around Richmond to being the best fast-pitch team," Spencer said. "Nobody around here beat us."
Cobb, who attends Salem Church Middle, and Childress, of Midlothian Middle, were the only Chicks with fast-pitch experience. Both enjoyed eyebrow raising seasons.
Throwing well in excess of 50 mph, Cobb, who lives in the L.C. Bird district, was 34-11 with a 1.92 earned-run average. She struck out 211 in 229 innings.
"Meghan went from throwing 48 [mph] to close to 55 in the last year," Spencer said. "It's a good thing she did join us. There's no way the girls in the rec league could touch her. She would have just been blowing it by them . . . not even a good practice session."
Childress, the youngest of five athletic sisters, was outstanding with the glove and bat. The shortstop hit .475 with 49 runs batted in and 39 stolen bases.
She also had team-high totals in home runs (two), triples (13) and doubles (14).
In the middle infield, Childress teamed with second baseman Lacy Jordan, a Brookland Middle student in western Henrico.
Jordan led the team with a .486 average and 39 stolen bases.
Other leading hitters were first baseman Kristi Collins (.472), third baseman Lauren Spencer (.358) and catcher Kelly Tsiptsis (.357).
Team-wise, the Chicks hit .366 with a .445 on-base percentage.
As a slow-pitch unit, the Lady Hawks won a string of state titles and were dominant in Chesterfield County under the Evergreen Association banner.
Their former slow-pitch foes likely are happy to see them move on.
Their future high school coaches are just as pleased to see them moving up.







Chicks are the Queen of the Hill
Our Chicks put on awesome performance this past weekend and won the Queen of the Hill tournament at Dorey Park. We did it in spectaclular fashion by beating Fire & Ice 12-0 in the Championship game. I was proud of all the girls, they played great all day Saturday and Sunday. Let's take that momentum with us into next weeks World Series in Roanoke. See you at practice Thursday, July 11th at Watkins. GO CHICKS !!

Chicks finish 3rd in Powhatan Invitational
Our Chicks finished 3rd in Powhatan last weekend. We won our first 4 games as a 14 & under team, then got beat in the semi-finals by a very good Richmond Storm team. We looked pretty good for only 3 practices and our first tournament in 2 months. We will get to play the Storm again and I expect different results next time. We play in Petersburg Oct. 12th and 13th. We have practice next Sunday, Sept. 29th at Midlothian Middle School. See you there, as always GO CHICKS!!

Chicks Win Spring Thaw
The Dixie Chicks won their first tournament of the season in Colonial Heights on Saturday in frigid conditions. It was really cold and the girls could have easily quit after losing a couple early games but they did not. They showed alot of heart and never gave up and it paid off in the end with a well named Spring Thaw Championship. The 2-1 win over the Tornados in the semi-finals was one of the best played games I've ever been associated with. The Championship win over Peninsula 6-2 was a great game also, just not quite as intense as the semis. We still have a long way to go girls, we have to work harder on making fewer errors in the field. We had more errors in every game yesterday than our opponents. We also have to work on the mental breakdowns we had a couple of times yesterday. It was still a great way to start a season and I couldn't be prouder to be associated with a great bunch of girls like yourselves. We have practice Thursday, April 11th at Watkins Elementary 7:00 p.m. We play next weekend in Petersburg, I will give everyone directions and game times on Thursday at practice. See you there, GO CHICKS.

Chicks finish 3rd in Memorial Day Classic
Our Chicks finished 3rd this past weekend in Memorial Day Classic at Iron Bridge Park. It was a very hot weekend and our girls played their hearts out and never gave up. 5 games in one day in those conditions was tough but you girls didn't quit and I was proud of all of you. We taking a week off this weekend to get ready for Lynchburg on the 8th and 9th of June. Our schedule for Saturday June 8th is 10:50 vs. Extreme Force Red, 2:00 vs. Scrappers and 5:10 vs. The Blast. See you at practice Sunday June 2nd at 4:00 at Watkins Elementary. As always, GO CHICKS !!

Chicks Win in Lynchburg
Our Chicks played great ball all weekend and walked away with some First place hardware. We went 5-0 this weekend and beat some pretty good teams in the process. All of the teams we beat are playing in the State Championship and the NSA Worlds in Salem. We hit the ball hard again this weekend and I was told for the second straight tournament that we hit the ball harder than any team there. Our pitching was awesome as usual and we made a lot of great defensive plays also. As always GO CHICKS !!

Chicks finish 2nd in Rock & Fire World Qualifier
Our Chicks played outstanding ball this weekend going 5-1 in the tournament. We did some great things such as coming from behind to beat Fire & Ice two different games, also beating Manassas Blaze once who knocked the Vipers out in the semi-finals. We did lose the championship game but we did not play bad we just got beat by a team that dropped in a bunch of hits everywhere. I was proud of everybody for giving the effort they gave all weekend. We are a good team and we got beat by a good team, it happens sometimes. I hope we get to play them again next weekend for the State Championship. As always, GO CHICKS !!

Chicks finish 2nd in Easter Bash
Our Chicks finished 2nd to a very good Lady Eagles team from Va. Beach on Sunday. It was still a great showing for our team, losing 2-1 to one of the best programs in the state. I didn't sleep well Sunday night thinking about that call at the plate. I still think she was safe. We did play well on defense but we have to start putting the ball in play more often. We can't have as many strikeouts as we do. If you put the ball in play good things happen. I was still proud of everyone for hanging in there and playing hard to the end. Hurry back Molly, we miss you. See everyone at practice on Sunday, April 20th at Midlothian High School at 2:00. GO CHICKS!!

Monday, September 5
Chicks Win Labor Day Scramble
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The Chicks started the new Fall season this past weekend and with just a few practices under our belt and lots of new faces we ran off 5 straight wins to claim the Labor Day Scramble Championship. We beat some quality teams and I was really proud of how the girls played and handled the pressure of the higher level ball. We have a lot of young players and they were not intimitated at all by the other teams older players. Everyone worked hard all weekend and it paid off with our first Championship. Let's keep working hard and I think we can become a great team. We play in Salem on Sept. 17, let's start preparing for our next tournament now with a couple good practices before we leave. Practice is Wednesday 5:30 at Midlothian High School. Stats are posted, as always GO CHICKS !!!

Monday, September 19
Chicks claim another Championship
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The Chicks went on the road this past weekend to Salem and rolled off 7 straight wins to claim the Play the Valley Championship. We had a lot of great performances from everybody on the team. It was a great weekend for the Chicks as we are really starting to gel. I am really excited about how this team is playing and working hard to get better every week. We will have our hands full next week in Virginia Beach so let's keep working on improving. I will see you at practice on Thursday at 5:00 Midlothian High School. Stats are posted, as always GO CHICKS !!!

Sunday, September 25
Chicks go 3-0 in Showcase Showdown
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The Chicks traveled to Virginia Beach this weekend to play in the Legends Showcase Showdown and went 3-0. The only thing that beat us was the rain. We fought the weather all weekend and ended up playing indoors for the first time. It was quite a different experience playing inside but the girls played great against some really good teams. Let's keep it rolling into Salem in two weeks and try to claim another Championship. Stats are posted, as always GO CHICKS !!!

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CHICKS CHEERLEADERS - GO CHICKS!!!


Monday, October 10
Chicks run off 8 more wins to claim ASA title
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The Chicks rolled into Salem for the second time in the last month and the results were the same as the last time,  another championship and 8 straight wins. It was a long couple of days but the girls played as a team and never quit. We had all star performances from everybody at one time or another over the long weekend. It was definitely a total team effort and I couldn't be prouder of everyone's effort. That runs our record to 23-0 for the 2011 Fall season with 3 straight Championships. Let's keep it rolling into Powhatan in 2 weeks in the College Exposure Showcase. Again, great job ladies. Practice is Thursday at Ironbridge at 6:00 if weather permits. Stats are posted, as always, GO CHICKS !!!

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Monday, October 24
Chicks remain perfect
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The Chicks played in Powhatan this weekend and impressed everyone again. The Chicks rolled off 7 more wins and captured another Championship. We had lots of great plays and lots of stars again. I am really proud of how this team has come together so quickly. Most teams take time to gel and need to learn how to finish tournaments but this team has had no problem finishing teams and winning tournaments. This Chicks team remains perfect for the Fall running our record to 30-0. I don't care who you are or what sport you play that is quite an accomplishment.

We only have 1 tournament remaining for the Fall in Myrtle Beach on Nov. 12th. I'm really looking forward to going the Beach. This trip is always a lot of fun and a great way to end the season. Practice is next Sunday, Oct. 30th at Midlothian High School 2:00. Great job ladies, stats will be posted soon. As always, GO CHICKS !!!



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Monday, November 14
Just PERFECT !! 36-0
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The Chicks finished the Fall just perfect. We faced 36 opponents this Fall and we beat them all. That is something that's not done very often, in fact the Chicks have never run the table for a full season. We came close a couple seasons ago but that is an accomplishment that is just hard to do. You would think sometimes the ball would just bounce funny every now and then but it bounced just our way 36 straight times for a perfect fall finish. I'm really proud of these young ladies as we have a very young team with 4 freshman and 3 sophmores but they were fearless as we faced lots of tough competition this fall including numerous big name gold teams with big time pitching that they hadn't seen a lot of and they never missed a beat. The upper classmen stepped up and helped lead this team and it was a season that will be hard to duplicate. I'm already missing it, I wish we had a few more to play. We will be having our Christmas party next month, I hope everyone can make it. Congratulations ladies on a great 36-0 run. Final stats are posted. As always, GO CHICKS !!!

Monday, January 23
McCoy and Ford ink college deals
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Morgan Mccoy and Sierra Ford will be continuing their softball careers at the next level in the fall. Morgan will be playing at Va. Tech and Sierra will be playing at Chattanooga State in the Tennessee mountains. The Chicks are very proud of these two young ladies as they have both  worked very hard to get to play ball in College. Both young ladies are very spirited and I'm sure they will work diligently in school and on the field. Keep working hard this Summer for the Chicks and let's see if we can roll off another undefeated campaign. As always, GO CHICKS !!!

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Monday, April 9
Chicks set to start June 9th
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The Chicks are set to start our Summer schedule June 9th in Annandale, VA. We have a busy couple of months ahead of us this Summer. Practice will start in early June which won't give us much time to get ready. We will try to get at least get a couple practices together before we get going. See you soon, as always GO CHICKS!!!

Summer 2012

June 9-10 - Stingrays Showcase - Annandale, VA

June 15-17 - State Championship - Richmond, VA

June 22-24 - Firecracker College Showcase - Mechanicsburg, PA

July 5-8 - Mid Summer College Showcase - Virginia Beach, VA

July 12-15 - Hot Times Classic - Florence, SC

July 20-22 - Legends Summer Scorcher Showcase - Chesapeake, VA

July 29-August 4 - FAST Nationals - Orlando, FL