LUTZ- Steinbrenner is in its sixth year of existence, and the softball team has never made it past the regional quarterfinals. And with only two seniors and three junior along with a brand new head coach, it wasn’t going to be any easier than usual for the Warriors who played Plant City Wednesday night at home in their first ever regional semi-final event.
Steinbrenner put up two quick runs in the first to get their gears in motion, when senior hole hitter Erica Serafini hit a triple to right field knocking in junior Lauren Reyes for the first run. Then directly after, other senior Lindsay Boynton came up swinging and driving a ball to left field for the second RBI of the game.
From there, it was the Emalee Jansen show as the young sophomore pitched a complete game giving up only run and six hits. Battling throughout the rain and coming off a great district final performance, Jansen is showing the young team that numbers don’t mean anything when dealing with a players potential versus their age.
For Plant City, the only real opportunity they got at the plate was an RBI double by Jessie Moore in the fourth inning.
“Our heads are right. We are focused on the team concept and everyone is buying in this year and I think that is what made huge difference in our successes this year,” said Head Coach Brenda Leach.
Written by Evan Abramson/Online Sports Editor