Lady Chargers making history

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, April 16, 2002

The Cornerstone Christian softball team is on its way to making school history by becoming the school’s first team to go to the playoffs.

The team, which is 6-1 in area play and 8-6 overall, is looking forward to the experience, especially head coach Jay Adams.

&uot;I’m really proud of the girls. It was our discipline and determination that got us this far. Hopefully, we’ll show that same discipline in the playoffs.&uot;

He was particularly complementary of the team’s pitcher, sophomore Celia Martin. During an area double-header against Autauga Academy, Martin struck out 23 batters while walking only six. Her performance was mirrored in the Shelby Academy game a week later.

Chelsey Hall had an equally impressive performance, going 4-for-8 with 2 RBI and three runs scored.

&uot;It’s wonderful to be winning and finally doing well,&uot; Hall said.

But it is freshman Amy Cleaveland who has ended both the Shelby Academy and Autauga Academy games for the Chargers with a caught line-drive in the bottom of the sixth inning against Autauga and scoring the winning run against Shelby Academy.

According to Adams, she shows promise for the future of the softball program. The team has only one more area game.

The baseball team at Cornerstone has also shown improvement over last year’s team.

They are currently 5-9 with seven games left in the season.

&uot;Last year, we were so young that we were unable to compete,: said head coach Tim Smith. &uot;Now we are at the stage where we are decent competition.&uot;

Recently, the team played both Autauga and Shelby academies and lost each game by only a few runs.

&uot;We give it our all during the first innings, but our pitching eventually gives out,&uot; Smith said.

The team is looking forward to the games remaining on its schedule.

&uot;Our team is growing older and stronger, and hopefully we can show people that,&uot; Smith said