Lady Vikings step up to the plate


By Amanda Dodson - adodson@civitasmedia.com



Ashley Smith takes a chance and slides into third base on Saturday against Davie.


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Sarah McBride gets on base with a line drive past shortstop.


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North Stokes Lady Vikings played three scrimmages on Saturday in South Iredell at Stumpy Creek.


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Tana Frye keeps a watchful eye on the ball as she guards second base.


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North Stokes Lady Vikings bundled up Saturday morning and traveled to South Iredell for a day of scrimmages in preparation for their upcoming softball season which kicks off March 11 at home against South Stokes.

“I thought overall they did a great job,” said coach Jeff Frye. “There’s a lot we have to work on as far as mechanical things, but nothing major. This is a relaxed setting for them to get ready for the season and it helps us identify issues we need to work on.”

The Vikings defense proved to be a formidable force. Davie’s 4A program scored off North, but gained little traction in the one hour scrimmage.

“Our hitting was good. We could have done better, but our defense was absolutely perfect at times. We’ve done a lot of panic drills and prepared for run-down situations,” Frye said.

At first glance there’s still traces of the Lady Vikings 2014 state championship team on the field.

Bringing depth and experience is Tana Frye, Chandley Garner, Ashley Smith, Carson Watkins, and Emma Petree.

“I’ve told them they’re basically the assistant coaches out here. We have some young players and they know to help their teammates out,” Frye said.

In 2015, nine of North’s ladies earned all-conference accolades and went undefeated in the Northwest 1A conference to clinch the conference title. The team stretched their season into the third round of the state playoffs before falling to Hiwassee Dam, a team they’d beaten twice the previous year.

“I feel like we’re more ahead than we were at this time last year. We’ve got young pitchers and they’ll have to mature fast, but I’m very pleased with where we are. It’s just like cleaning house. We’re a little dusty, but we’re getting there.”

Amanda Dodson can be reached at 336-813-2426 or on Twitter at AmandaTDodson.

Ashley Smith takes a chance and slides into third base on Saturday against Davie.
http://thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_Ashely-Smith.jpgAshley Smith takes a chance and slides into third base on Saturday against Davie. Amanda Dodson | The Stokes News

Sarah McBride gets on base with a line drive past shortstop.
http://thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_McBride.jpgSarah McBride gets on base with a line drive past shortstop. Amanda Dodson | The Stokes News

North Stokes Lady Vikings played three scrimmages on Saturday in South Iredell at Stumpy Creek.
http://thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_pitcher.jpgNorth Stokes Lady Vikings played three scrimmages on Saturday in South Iredell at Stumpy Creek. Amanda Dodson | The Stokes News

Tana Frye keeps a watchful eye on the ball as she guards second base.
http://thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_TanaF.jpgTana Frye keeps a watchful eye on the ball as she guards second base. Amanda Dodson | The Stokes News

By Amanda Dodson

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