BMS softball: Attitude is everything
In the small valley community that lies below Cold Mountain something special is happening.
A group of young ladies that have been playing a simple game with a bat and ball have come together for an unbelievable opportunity.
The group of young ladies is the Bethel Middle School Softball Team and they all have been playing this game together since they were 8-years-old. This group of seventh and eighth graders never have a cross word with another and they love to play the game and get dirty.
First-year Coach David Styles loves this mentality as the Lady Demons worked hard to overcome two gut wrenching loses early in the season on the road to Macon Middle and Madison Middle, both by a run in the last inning of play all while losing players to injuries that sidelined one player for the season, and another for four weeks.
“We have a good group of young ladies who just want to succeed," Styles said, "and do well no matter who gets the glory. That is what being a team is all about. Even when we are down we still have that attitude that hey this inning is our time to shine and be us. We can do this lets focus and take care of business. I tell the girls all the time that over 80 percent of this game is mental, and it is you verse you out there. If you believe you can do it then you can do it. Relax at the plate and just hit the ball, sing a song to relax yourself and just do what you know how to do. Those two games hurt but it made us stronger because we could see the road we had to take and that we hold our destiny in our hands and we have a chance to do something special, and the girls really rose to the occasion through some injuries and some rough spells at the plate.”
Bethel continued to stay hot as they powered their way past Waynesville Middle on Wednesday afternoon 5-2 at the Screech Owl Road Field in Bethel to give the Lady Blue Demons a clean sweep of Canton and Waynesville and improve their record to 8-2.
The Lady Mountaineers had an early lead on Bethel’s ace Madison Whitted (13k’s in 7 innings, 85k’s in 65 innings on the year), off of three consecutive hits to right field. They scored two in the first inning with two outs.
However, Bethel surged ahead in the third with a two out rally of their own behind the bat of third basemen Kallie Messer.
Catcher Madisyn Brown singled to left field and stole second as centerfielder Emma Sorrells was at the plate. Sorrells batted Brown in with a lazy blooper that fell between second and short as Messer came to the plate.
On the first pitch Messer took it over the fence to score two more runs and give Bethel a 3-2 lead. Short-stop Loren Cook followed suit in the fifth with a base knock to score Sorrells from second to give the Lady Demons a 5-2 lead which sealed the deal as Whitted dug deep to retire the last three batters in the top of the seventh.
“It’s hard to beat Waynesville and Canton , they are both really great ball teams who play hard and have a great group of young ladies," Styles said. "But in these games emotions are high and the thrill of it is something that I will never forget from playing days at Bethel and at Pisgah, but to sweep both is something amazing and is rarely done. I’m so proud of our girls, and I hope we can keep working hard to become better people and better softball players for the rest of the season.”
Bethel will play its last regular season game at home against Macon on Thursday, May 1.