VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – This is a big moment for First Colonial head softball coach Stephen Butler and his team as they are the first softball team in the 48-year history of First Colonial to advance to the state tournament.
“We have not been able to get into states, we have been knocking on the door and we were knocked out one round shy. This year we were able to get a win against Kecoughtan and it put us in states for the first time in school history,” said Butler.
The Patriots will meet South County out of Roanoke Friday in the 6A semifinals.
The Patriots are led by Coastal Conference player of the year, shortstop Madison King along with sophomore third baseman Meaghan Barfield who is hitting .450 with 12 home runs and 42 runs batted in.
“She started out a little slow, but when she turned the corner every game she was giving me something. Clutch hit, every game she was hitting one out. The combination of her, Madison King and my first baseman Skyler Johnston, those 3 combined for 31 home runs this season,” said Butler.
This being the last week of school, along with graduations and all the distractions that surround that, these players insist they are focused on playing their best this weekend.
“We have to be very selective of our pitches and avoid any drama that could be coming into our team,” said Barfield.