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Team of the Week March 28th, 2013, Archer City Softball
The Archer City lady cats only have two losses so far on the season. And just this past weekend got a shutout win against state ranked Olney. The Lady Cats are finding success with a combination of lights out pitching and big bats on offense, that's why they're our team of the week.
The Archer City Lady Cats have been sneaking up on they prey and pouncing every chance they get this season, leading them to a 14-and-2 record. The Lady Cats saying they don't mind staying unranked. Archer City Senior Bailey Hargis says they use it as motivation. "It feels really good to beat a ranked team. But i think we'd rather stay un-ranked so whenever we come up to another team they're not really expecting anything. Then we can come in and shut them out like we did Olney."
Many of those shutouts have come at the hands of one of Archer's star pitchers, and our athlete of the week, Ashtyn Wuthrich. "To us rankings didn't really mean anything with confidence. Not too much confidence. Just enough to know that if we hit hard, and field the balls we'd come out with a win."
And Archer City head coach Kayse Berend says the Lady Cats know their days of sneaking up on their opponents might be coming to an end. "I think Archer City is starting to get out there. People know who we are now. But we're ok with that. We're just worried about our game and not necessarily who we're playing or what they're doing. We know we have to focus on what we're doing each day and that will get us where we need to be."
And with only two seniors on the team, the Lady Cats knew they had some growing up to do. But senior Brittney Griffith says at this point in the season they feel like they're on the way to where they want to be, "Our goals at the beginning of the year were getting our freshman up to varsity potential, and now that they're there we want to win district, make the playoffs and eventually, hopefully, go to state."
Coach Berend says it's been a great group to coach. "They're a great bunch of girls, they come and work hard. I just feel like every day we're getting better, and hopefully that continues and we keep winning."
With their balance on offense and defense, the Archer City Lady Cats look like a team poised to make a run at a district championship and beyond.