The keys to victory are simple for the Sherwood varsity softball team.
One game at a time, one day at a time. There’s no other opponent besides the next one.
That’s the mindset that has motivated the Warriors to an undefeated season so far.
Saturday’s game against Blair was no different. Sherwood jumped ahead to an 11-0 lead in the first inning before shutting the Blazers out, 15-0.
“They’re a very good hitting team,” said Blair head coach Louis Hoelman of Sherwood. “They came out in the first inning and they strung a bunch of hits together. They just hit the heck out of the ball.”
Blair (8-2) failed to get a batter home and had to resort to bunting in the second inning to try to get a player to first base.
The Blazers in the dugout shouted support as junior Izzy Lott hit the ball and raced to first base at the bottom of the second inning. However, Blair already had two outs.
The Warriors grabbed four more runs at the top of the fifth to end the game and record their fifth shutout of the season.
Hoelman said his team remained optimistic after their second shutout loss of the season.
“We did a lot of good things in this game but we need to eliminate some of our mistakes,” said Hoelman. “We’re positive, we didn’t get down that much.”
Sherwood head coach Ashley Barber-Strunk said the Warriors aren’t concerned about keeping their undefeated streak intact.
“That’s not our ultimate goal,” she said. “Our goal is to work hard and get better every single game. We want to keep moving forward.”
Hoelman says he wants to face Sherwood again down the line.
“If we get to play them again, it’ll be at states,” he said. “We like playing them, they’re a good team and they challenge us.”
The Blazers face their Silver Spring neighbor Northwood on Tuesday.
Sherwood hosts Walter Johnson Tuesday. Barber-Strunk admitted she didn’t know who her team was scheduled to play next.
“We really just go one day at a time,” she said. “Up until now, it was only Blair. We focus on one game at a time and work on what we need to work on at that time.”