(Pictured- Mary Ellen Postell)
Rain, rain, go away. This phrase has been said many times during the 2009 season on the campus of Shelton State. Due to the number of games that have been rained out this year, the Shelton State softball team will play 28 games in the month of April as they make a push towards the state tournament. ?This is like no season I have ever seen,? said Head Softball Coach Buddy Boyle. ?We have had more rainouts this year than the 5 years previous.?
Heading into the last month of the season, the Lady Bucs stand at 14-5 overall and 1-1 in league play. Leading Shelton State in the pitching circle has been Mary Ellen Postell. The sophomore from Haleyville has earned an 8-1 record with an ERA of 0.64. ?She has done a great job for us this year and kept us in every ballgame that she has pitched,? said Boyle. ?The pitching staff as a whole has been outstanding and Mary Ellen has led the way.? The team ERA for Shelton is 1.14 and the Lady Bucs have limited their opponents to a .197 batting average.
Offensively, Shelton State has used a balance of power and speed. Lindsey Skinner leads the team with a .468 average and has added 13 steals. Alex Whisner is hitting at a .410 clip and has stolen 18 bases herself. The power has come from the middle of the lineup with Kayla Gordy and Madison Fuller. Each has hit 4 homeruns. Gordy is hitting .350 with 20 RBI?s and Fuller has an average of .311 with 16 RBI?s. Shelton State is hitting .363 as a team.
The month of April looks to be hectic down the stretch. ?Everyone is about in the same situation in the state,? said Boyle. ?We are all scrambling to make up games. If we can stay healthy we can hopefully get in a groove and play well.? For future updates and game changes, follow the ACCC website.