Lady Warriors have four on All-Region
Published 9:44 pm Tuesday, June 12, 2018
The Nansemond River High School softball team placed four players on the Class 5 Region A teams.
Nansemond River’s season didn’t end the way they wanted it to, but the journey this season had some great moments. They returned a younger team than they had the past two seasons and were still able to compete at a high level. They made it back to the postseason again and took a loss to Kempsville High School.
The Lady Warriors totaled four selections, with Ashlyn Rogers leading the way as the only first team selection. She was selected as an outfielder to add to a nice collection of accolades throughout her career. Last season she was an All-Region and All-State selection. This season, the senior took on a leadership role, helping the younger players and passing down valuable information to them.
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“It is nice to be recognized for my work, especially since our region is filled with a ton of talented players,” she said. “We were young this year, and I feel like me and the other seniors were able to share some good things with the younger players that they can carry on.”
Taylor Cherry, Misty Even and Hannah Gill were all second team selections. Cherry made All-Region as a freshman at the pitcher position.
“I feel honored and blessed to be able to play the game that I am passionate about,” Cherry said. “I have great coaches and great teammates that have played an important role in my success. I am extremely proud of my team and the season we had.”
Even was one of the returning players this year that stepped into more of a leadership role. She was happy about her selection but made it clear she came into this season with goals of being successful as a team.
“This is extremely honorable,” Even said. “But at the end of the day when I walked into the season, it was about my team. Without my teammates having my back and my coaches guiding me through it, I would not have made it.”
Gill finished off her senior year with a nice accolade that initially surprised her. She had never received All-Conference in prior years, so All-Region was something she was able to enjoy since she was recognized for all of her hard work.
Looking back on the season, the Lady Warriors felt like they could have gone further. Even and Cherry will return next season and are hoping to bounce back.
“Seeing what we did this year and the chemistry we have makes us all excited about what we can achieve next season,” Even said.