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New Louisa County softball coach inherits young team

Posted on Friday, March 8, 2019 at 12:00 pm

Junior Saniya Jones, returning for her third season of varsity softball, bunts the ball during a recent practice drill.

Spring sports are getting underway in Louisa County and that means gearing up for a fresh season of softball. This year brings a large number of returning players to the varsity squad, with a new head coach to oversee the program.

Susan Sharpe is no stranger to Louisa County softball, having served as head coach for several seasons nearly a decade ago. After taking some time off to watch her children play softball and baseball, she returned as the head coach of the Louisa County Middle School softball team last year and now takes charge of the varsity team.

“I’m excited about this season,” she said. “I’ve watched a lot of these girls play since they were eight or nine, so there’s some history there.”

Being familiar with the atmosphere of softball in Louisa, Sharpe said she knows what parents and fans are expecting of her and the team, but she’s not worried.

“I have high expectations for these kids,” she said. “Every time I’ve pushed them, they’ve done what I needed them to do. They’re all stepping up to the challenge.”

The 2019 squad doesn’t have any seniors on its roster, but does have a large number of returning juniors and sophomores from last year’s lineup.

Two key returning players who Sharpe is looking to as leaders this year are juniors Laura Garrett and Saniya Jones, who are beginning their third varsity season.

“Everybody here has a great passion for the game,” Garrett said. “I love being out here with the team and representing Louisa County.”

(Article by Joseph Haney)

This is a partial article. Read the full story in The Central Virginian’s March 7, 2019 issue.

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