KF heads to regionals

Published 9:36 pm Tuesday, May 30, 2017

King’s Fork High School’s softball team defeated Smithfield High School 4-0 to advance to the semifinals of the 4A East regional tournament.

The Lady Bulldogs completed the shutout on Memorial Day afternoon to continue their season. King’s Fork has had two quality wins in their past two games.

“This has been two momentum-builders for us,” Lady Bulldogs coach Richard Froemel said. “The girls are buying in. This makes two games in a row with us playing great defense and having no errors.”

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The Lady Bulldogs’ stout defense helped them. They even felt this is the best defensively the team has played all season. They are doing it where it counts, which is in the postseason.

“I think it was an amazing team win,” freshman pitcher Cali Hinnant said. “We stayed pumped up throughout the whole game, and our defense was definitely on its A game.”

Everyone for King’s Fork had a hit on Monday. They only had one hit through five innings, but at the top of the sixth inning, things started rolling. At the top of the seventh inning, the Lady Bulldogs led off with a base hit to get things going and ultimately seal the deal on their semifinal bid.

King’s Fork will go on the road Wednesday to face Powhatan High School, which is located on the north side of Richmond. If the Lady Bulldogs win, they will clinch a berth in the state tournament.

The team is confident going into their matchup. To be successful, they believe they will need to continue their solid pitching, play strong defense and to make sure the hitters at the end of the lineup are getting on base.

“We hope we can carry this momentum going forward,” Hinnant said. “We have enough talent to win it all. I think we will continue to stay focused.”