Home opener for softball

Home opener for softball

ANNANDALE – After over a month of road games, the Northern Virginia Community College softball team is hosting its home opener Saturday morning at 11 a.m. in doubleheader against Wake Tech at Lake Braddock High School. 

The Nighthawks are 0-6 this season, while the Eagles have dropped 10 straight since opening the season 2-0. 

Taking second base
NOVA is nearly perfect at stealing bases during the 2016 season, as it has taken 17-of-18. Leylanie Figueroa is a perfect 5-for-5, while Victoria Rice and Jihye Rhodes are 3-of-3 this season.   

Swinging the shillelagh
Rice leads the Nighthawks in batting average (.375), hits (six) and extra base hits with two. Nicole Tuason, meanwhile, tops the team in RBIs with five and has shown patients at the plate as she has drawn a team-high three walks.  

Fanning the opponents
As a team NOVA has struck out 20 batters with Courtney Franklin and Rhodes leading the Nighthawks with a combined 14 strikeouts. 

A look at Wake Tech
Stephanie Ledek, who has seven hits in nine plate appearances this season, leads the 2-10 Eagles. The ace for Wake Tech is Marissa Nolan, who has a 1.40 ERA in five innings of work. 

Scouting the Riverhawks
On Monday afternoon the Nighthawks take on the 5-13 Riverhawks at Wakefield Chapel Park. Anne Arundel has dropped six of its last eight games with the wins over Montgomery and Allegany.