Warriors keep rolling

  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The WLC girls softball team beat Hinsdale 9-3 on Tuesday, May 6.

The WLC Warriors softball team is off to a hot start this season. After a string of blowout wins that saw the Warriors outscore their opponents 55-3 over four games, the perennial No. 1 seed remained undefeated this week after taking down Portsmouth Christian Academy at Dover and Hinsdale on back-to-back days. But even as the Warriors sit at 7-0, good enough for second in Division IV (behind an 8-0 Woodsville team that’s been handed two forfeits), head coach Denny Claire says his team isn’t even firing on all cylinders — yet.

“They get mad at me because I try to get them to play top notch every game,” Claire said. “You can’t play great every time. You’d like to but you just can’t. If you play great in the playoffs, that’s what counts.”

While they may not be up to their full potential just yet, WLC has still been playing well enough to win their games. And although the team leaders are still clearly the terrific trio of seniors — Sami Bosquet, Kim Edmunds and Sophie LeVert — it’s the younger players who have made all the difference. Sophomores Ally Schwab, Sarah Holka and Tesa Simpson, along with 7th-grader Lexi Balam, have been doing some serious work for the Warriors this season.

“Tesa’s hitting the ball great, Ally’s crushing the ball, Sarah’s been hitting the ball really good,” Claire said after Tuesday’s 9-3 victory over a Hinsdale team that beat the Warriors twice last season. The youngsters got things started early in that win; Simpson led off with a single and stole second; Holka walked and stole second as well and Schwab reached on an error. All three scored in the first inning to jump out to an early 3-0 lead they wouldn’t relinquish.

“It feels really good to be scoring runs and to have my team being happy about it and winning all these games,” Simpson said after the game. “It’s a pretty good feeling.”

Holka was the game’s starting pitcher as well; though admittedly tired after throwing a complete game the day before, Holka lasted four innings, striking out six and allowing three earned runs.

“Sarah’s throwing it as hard as anybody right now,” Claire said.

After allowing two runs in the third and another in the fourth, Holka gave way to 7th-grade callup Lexi Balam, who’s been tapped for the role of closer for much of this season.

“She’s a scrapper, that’s what I like about her,” Claire said. “She always hustles. She plays hard.”

Balam worked three scoreless innings, striking out one. As the lone 7th-grader on the team, Balam hasn’t let nerves get to her, and she credits her teammates for picking her up and making her feel at home.

“I feel very welcomed,” Balam said, “and I feel like it’s a gift for me, that it’s an amazing opportunity, and I am very grateful for that.”

While she’s been a successful closer so far in the high-pressure situations, Balam again gave a nod to the rest of the Warriors for making it happen.

“It feels pretty good, but overall, the whole team has been the ones making the effort and it’s really a team game,” Balam said. “So there really is no one saving the game. It’s just all of us working together.”

Simpson went 2-3 in the Hindale game with three steals and four runs; Holka went 1-3 with a steal and a run; Schwab was 2-2 with a walk, a steal and a run, and senior Kim Edmunds went 2-3 with a pair of steals and a pair of runs.

On Monday, the Warriors beat a tough PCA Dover team — “They might be the second-best team in the division,” Claire said — by a score of 8-5. Holka pitched a complete game, striking out four. Schwab was the catalyst in that win, with a bases-loaded double in the first as part of a seven-run inning. Edmunds was 2-4 with two steals in the game, and Simpson had a steal — something that’s been working well for the young shortstop.

“Going to second, I’m feel like I’m fast enough,” Simpson said, “so my coaches tell me to run every single time and I get there.”

Monday’s play of the game, and perhaps the play of the season, was something Claire said he may never have seen before in his storied career. Junior centerfielder Jenna Bragdon chased down a deep fly ball at full speed, catching it just at the wall and smashing clear through the white plastic fencing, landing in a heap before emerging triumphant with the ball and robbing PCA of a home run.

Even with plenty of work to do before the postseason rolls around — and facing the fact that No. 1 Woodsville might remain undefeated and hold onto the top playoff seed — the Warrior girls are still happy and confident about their season-starting streak.

“It feels good because we’ve been in first place for a while – I just don’t want to lose that,” Simpson said.

“I think we all played well,” Balam said, “and I hope we continue this.”

WLC (7-0) travels to Pittsfield (0-7) tomorrow night.

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