“This season has been record breaking for us. We learned how to work harder as a team and push each other to do better. This has really reflected in our games. For the first time in Mason history we beat Strasburg!” said junior first basemen Nicole Iraheta.
Not only did the Lady Mustangs beat them Tuesday, April 17, they shut them out 3-0. The team, led by senior pitcher Krista Kelly, is making huge strides this season and has a chance of doing very well in the district.
Last year, the softball team made George Mason history by competing for the first time ever in the regional tournament. Although the team was knocked out in the first round, this year the Lady Mustangs hope to advance even further.
Just five years ago, the Lady Mustangs were losing every game. In the spring of 2007, the record was 2-16. The team was crushed every game, losing to teams like Strasburg, 1-22. Last year, the record improved to 8-11, including district and regional games, a drastic improvement from just a few years before.
In their most recent game, the Mustangs played Clarke County, currently ranked as number one in the district. The Lady Mustangs played a great game against them, holding them 2-0 into the fourth inning, but the Eagles came back and beat the Mustangs 9-2.
Even though the Mustangs weren’t able to pull through against Clarke, holding them to the fourth inning is pretty impressive considering the Eagles have shut out many teams in the district.
“Our hard work is really showing off. We beat Strasburg and we’ve been competing against teams like Clarke, so I think we’re close to beating teams like Madison and William Monroe,” said junior second basemen Johanna Roche.
This Mason team is steadily improving and has a bright season ahead of them. Their next game will be Tuesday, April 24, at Central Woodstock High School.