Suwannee High’s varsity softball team had a great start to their 2006 season Tuesday, Feb. 7. It was a freezing cold night but the bats were hot for Suwannee. The Lady Dogs opened their season with an 11-1 shellacking of Florida High, a huge Suwannee rival.

The starting lineup featured senior Lea Schenck on the mound, sophomore Mary Badgerow at second base, sophomore Kalie Baldwin at third, junior Al Cash at short stop, sophomore Jessica Johnson in left field, senior Brooklyn Ross in center and freshman Dale Townsend at right field. Sophomore Brittany Jordan is on the injured list.

Florida High scored in the first but was shut out for the rest of the game. Pitcher Schenck struck out eight of the 21 Florida High batters and the defense did the rest.

Suwannee scored one run in the first and really opened up on Florida High in the second with nine runs scored. The Lady Dogs were unable to score again until the fifth inning. That run ended the game with the 10-run rule in effect.

Top hitters for the Lady Dogs were Chelsea Davis with a single and a double and two RBIs. Courtney Ross had two singles and one RBI. Al Cash hit a big double and had two RBIs. Suwannee only had five hits for the night but did put the ball into play. Florida High committed six errors and walked eight batters.

Coach Jan Schenck said, “It was exciting for us to win the first game of the season, plus our first home game was in front of a great crowd who braved the frigid temperatures.”

Look for Suwannee softball at home again on Tuesday, Feb. 21 against district opponent Middleburg. Come out and watch this exciting Suwannee softball team. Game time is 7 p.m. Go Suwannee softball!

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