It was senior night for the Lady Dog softball team. They faced East Gadsden and had high hopes of winning the senior night game and did beat East Gadsden in five innings 10-0.
Celebrating as senior softball players were Stephanie Hett and Katy Norris.
Hett, the daughter of Steven and Cindy Hett has an older brother Chris, a younger sister Debbie, and a younger brother Travis. Hett moved to Suwannee her junior year and began playing fast pitch softball for the Lady Dogs. She played JV her junior year and now plays on the varsity team.
Hett began playing slow pitch softball when she was eight years old while living in Tampa. Hett has also been on the women's soccer team for the past two years, played trumpet for the SHS marching band, and is a member of FCA.
Hett has been accepted at Toccoa Falls College in Georgia with the hopes of becoming an elementary teacher. She feels many of her coaches have made a difference in her softball career but this year Coach Jan Schenck and Coach Jeff Smith have greatly improved her hitting and throwing and she is very appreciative of the help.
Katy Norris is the daughter of Rick and Dona Norris. Norris has two older sisters, Lauren Brown and Lindsey Norris. She began playing ball in the third grade with the Live Oak Recreation Center. She has played for Suwannee four years, two on JV and two on varsity. She also played soccer all four years and one year was on the swim team. She has been active in the Beta Club, National Honor Society, Key Club, and is currently Vice President of Interact.
Norris plans to attend Santa Fe Community College and receive her AA, then transfer to UF. She feels her dad has made a difference in her softball career. Her dad had always helped her in any way he could. Plus Katy feels Coach Jeff has helped her improve her game while he has been her coach for the past two years.
The team would like to express their congratulations to both seniors for their hard work and accomplishments they have had on and off the field.
Katie Smith picked up her sixth win of the season. She pitched three innings and struck out seven leaving the defense to make the other two defensive plays. Al Cash relieved Smith in the fourth and pitched two innings. Cash is the regular Suwannee third baseman. She came in and pitched to nine batters in two innings, struck out one, gave up one hit and let the defense do the rest.
East Gadsden is a new school and their softball program is just beginning. Their inexperience and Suwannee's huge lead allowed the Lady Dog coaching staff to try some players out in positions that were new and different for them. Katy Norris, who plays left field played short stop, Jenna Jordan, an outfielder played second. Both players had a little action at their positions and were able to do their job.
Stephanie Hett played first and caught for one inning and was able to catch a foul ball back at the fence, for the last out of the game!
The highlight of the game was Al Cash pitching. She may have pitched a game or two early in her rec-ball career, but other wise this was her first.
Suwannee came away with eight hits. Stephanie Hett went 2/2 with one single, one double, one base on ball, stole one base, scored one run and had one RBI. Jenna Jordan hit two singles and one double, scored two runs, and had two stolen bases. Kate Townsend hit a single and a triple, scored two runs, and had one RBI. Katie Smith hit a single, was walked twice, scored twice and stole three bases. Katy Norris, Steph Starling and Lea Schenck were each walked and they each scored a run giving the team a total of 10 runs and ending the game in five innings.
Suwannee's record is now 11 wins and 10 loses with the district record now 6-4. The Lady Dogs are currently in third place in the district. District playoff games begin the week of April 26 and will be held in Madison. On April 23 and 24 the Lady Dogs attend Hitchcock's Fifth Annual Tournament at Trenton High School to warm up for the district playoffs. Go Lady Dogs!