The Lake Ridge Academy softball team doesn’t have the record it was hoping to at this time, but it sees improvement coming.

The team is only 1-6 on the year, but has been working hard to improve as the year goes on. The Lady Lions recent win was a 14-4 victory Thursday against Christian Community School.

“With less than a .500 record, our players have remained positive and look forward to becoming more experienced and skilled,” Lake Ridge head coach Sue Bus said.

And the team has the weapons to improve this year. They have many players that are capable of stepping up at any point.

“Emily Kurtz is a great shortstop but has stepped in to pitch and has been doing a good job,” Bus said. “She is batting .647 with a homerun and 11 RBIs.”

However, Kurtz isn’t the only strong player Lake Ridge has. There are others who can help the team make a run in the second half of the season.

“Jessica DiOrio is our only senior and is providing leadership and consistent defense for the team,” Bus said. “Terra Soto is a three-year veteran on the team and contributes with her pickoffs defensively and encouragement and leadership. Charly Culberson is batting .458 and has improved her infield defense.”

Despite their record, the Lady Lions have been improving throughout the year. They have been working hard on different details of the game, hoping that the working will translate into success.

“Our relays have been improving and providing some put outs that we haven’t had in the past,” Bus said. “We are working on our relays and individual skills daily.”

The team is very young, but they have not let their youth be an excuse. Bus feels the fact they have time to improve will help them succeed in the future.

“We are a very young team and working on being more aggressive at the plate and on the bases,” Bus said.

While Lake Ridge Academy continues working hard to improve many things, the Lady Lions are striving to commit fewer errors in the future.

“Our goals are simply to improve every game and cut down on our errors,” Bus said.

Due to the fact that the team doesn’t play in a

conference, they play fewer games than many

other teams. Lake Ridge has six games left in the

season but hopes to make improvements during those games.

After hosting Hawken Tuesday, the Lady Lions travel to Open Door Friday at 4:30 p.m. and Cleveland Heights Saturday at 11 a.m. Lake Ridge returns home May 4 to host Christian Community School at 4:30 p.m.

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