As of press time, high school springs sports events and practices had been postponed until April 10. That announcement came as the finishing touches were being put on the Spring Sports preview. We have decided publish these previews in order to highlight Hardy County’s high school athletes, should no opportunity exist later.
Moorefield Softball starts this season with renewed enthusiasm and power of positivity under a new coach unifying the team to make successful strides to leap beyond the region to the state tournament by focusing on daily improvements with joyful attitudes.
The Yellow Jackets were the Class A Region II runner-up last year with a record of 21-11 and the Class A state tournament runner-up the previous year with some of the current players taking that experience to help the underclassmen grow stronger together after this hiatus clearing out half of the season.
Moorefield Softball first-year head coach Bridget Sions returns to her alma mater fulfilling a dream as her love of the sport helped her succeed on the field and in the classroom becoming one of the elite student-athletes in Davis & Elkins College history and coming full circle back to her roots as the coach to mold these young students into powerful women moving forward in life.
Coach Sions is the career home run leader for the Senators and was one of the top pitchers during her time there.
After returning home, Coach Sions helped former Davis & Elkins teammate Ashley Taylor as an assistant softball coach at East Hardy High for one season and was an assistant volleyball coach for the Yellow Jackets for two years in addition to individual softball lessons taught and teaching in school gaining further experience to nurture the steady growth of the Moorefield Softball program now.
Coach Sions takes the reins over from Tammie Ayers, who retired after seven seasons with a career record of 165-66.
“I don’t think I could ever truly express how excited I am as I enter my first season as head coach at my alma mater. During my time at MHS, I always knew that I would someday want to be the head coach. I fell in love with this sport at the age of twelve, and to be standing here sharing my knowledge, my love, and positive personality… is amazing. I’m ecstatic!! I’m excited to see what this first year has in store,” Moorefield Softball coach Bridget Sions remarked.
The Yellow Jackets held its only scrimmage before the COVID-19 outbreak ended the season and defeated Bishop Walsh 20-4.
Moorefield sophomore Emily Kuykendall crushed a grand slam, senior Hanna Carlson pitched two innings with six strikeouts on 30 pitches and belted a three-run home run, junior Remi Hinkle smacked a two-run home run and senior Lindsey Rinker had the most hits with four along with three RBIs.
During the scrimmage, Coach Sions was constantly praising and guiding her players with a huge smile exuding excitement to be on the field coaching and assistant coaches Jeremy Simmons and Ryan Arnold were instrumental in supporting roles instructing the players too.
The energy and enthusiasm was unparalleled as the joy of playing at Sager Field was clearly enthralled in the minds of the coaches, players and fans alike including the Yellow Jackets Baseball team members showing support in the outfield.
“Our goal for this season is to just take it one day at a time. We’re going to focus on each present day and work hard to improve mentally and mechanically. As a coaching staff, we are working hard on helping each