As you surveyed the mayhem that was the Louisa Lion faithful on Thursday night after the home team’s stunning 7-6 win over Western Albemarle, you would have thought they had just beaten the Yankees.
No, Derek Jeter and Joe Girardi weren’t in the opposing dugout, but the Warriors had certainly been doing a nice impersonation of them so far this season. Heading into their showdown with Louisa (8-6 overall), the Warriors were undefeated, with a perfect 12-0 record. Eight of those wins were against district opponents, each coming by an average of nearly eight runs a game.
One of those wins was against Louisa. It was an 11-1 romp on April 16.
It wasn’t just a roar you felt after Louisa’s win Thursday night, it was a wind of change.
Check that, it was a hurricane.
It just may have been the signature win Louisa has been looking for all season. Louisa has been on the metaphorical roller coast ride all season. The win against the Warriors just might prove to the team that they’re ready to get off.
“I think it’s big,” Louisa senior Christian Buckler said of the win. “It really just proves that we can beat any team, regardless of record. Every team we play is just another team with another name. The only team that can really beat us is ourselves.”
We thought we knew this Louisa team just five games into the season, when they jumped out to a 4-1 record, winning those games by an average of six runs.
Then, they lost three in a row. Two of those games were to Powhatan and Western Albemarle by a combined score of 17-4. Their identity was lost.
Now, two of Louisa’s most recent wins were against those teams, this time the 13-9 run total is Louisa’s advantage.
In early April, we thought Louisa had the ability. Now we know.
More importantly, so do they.
“I definitely would say look out,” Buckler said at a recent practice. “If we’re on our A-game, we’re a tough team.”
“I think it’s huge,” head coach Kevin Fisher said. “We had talked prior to the game that if we played the way we were capable of playing that we can beat anybody. I think this week proved to the guys that we can beat anyone if we show up and play the way we’re capable of. I think it was a huge win, and I hope it continues.”
Read the full story in the May 15, 2014 issue of The Central Virginian