The spring sports season kicked off Monday to a week of rain and blustery wind, cold at that. Everyone was ready to go except track which opens this Monday. At Northumberland High it is hoped the students’ thoughts go to baseball for the guys and softball for the girls with soccer and track guys and girls. The two soccer squads should be ready for another deep run into state play, the softball team looks good with the baseball teams in a rebuilding year.
“Rebuilding” is a term coaches sometimes use when they have lost a large portion of the previous year’s team. With nine graduating from the 2019 team including all the pitching staff, “rebuilding” doesn’t seem to fit the 2020 Indians varsity baseball squad. Perhaps “remaking” would be a better term. All Head Coach Quame Green would say early last week was, “We are young.” Back to help this year will be Zac Kues as they narrow down the team from twenty-five perspective both for varsity and JV.
A JV coach has not been selected as of now. The Middle School team will be directed by Michael Withers. They opened practice with 14, many of whom are familiar from Little League. The baseball teams opens their season on March 17 with Mathews here and the JV at Mathews.
The varsity softball team under Head Coach Mike Baker will open in better shape. Baker stated he would be facing the baseball team’s problem in a couple of years. Currently the biggest hole would have been catcher but Lexi Grillakis has returned to fill that spot. With sophomore Bailey Lewis returning to the mound with extra help coming up, the Lady Indians will be strong at that position. Baker also returns a veteran infield that made the state quarterfinals last season. He will be assisted by Amanda Kues.
The JV team is “young” in the terms of new Head Coach Kevin Rice, he will be assisted by B.J. Minor. Both teams open play with Mathews on March 17, the varsity here and the JV on the road. The Middle School softball team has newcomer Caitlyn Vanlandingham at the helm. Currently only ten prospects with the hope of a “couple more” players. The Middle School teams open play March sixteenth and will play their home games on the varsity fields.
The Lady Indian soccer team under the same coaching staff of Mark Fridenstine as Head, Becky Jones and Lisa Roman who will be working with the JV, are fresh off their first ever trip to the state quarterfinals last year. They are pretty well set on the offensive side of the ball with the firepower that is returning including career scoring leader, Cameron Lewis. “We lost a lot of veterans,” said Mark Fridenstine, “We will have a pretty strong team and should do well depending of what our defense does.” He also noted “A good crop of newcomers.” The ladies have made their cuts and are keeping sixteen with fifteen for the JVs. The ladies will be the first team to open play this spring season when they entertain an always strong West Point team here on Friday at 5:30 p.m.
It is time to look at the guy’s soccer team. With the same coaching staff of Head Coach Caleb Smith, Julio Silva, Alex Zelaya and Lon Patrick with the JV team. The Indians made it to the Virginia Group 1A state.