Ponte Vedra girls split a pair to open the softball season


The girls’ softball season kicked off for Ponte Vedra High School with an away game at Fletcher last week that the Sharks won 4-1. Michelle Holder, Ponte Vedra’s star sophomore pitcher, pitched seven innings, allowing just one unearned run and striking out 11 Senators to earn the win.

Ponte Vedra showed a strong offense, collecting 13 hits. Freshman Scotland David led the hit parade for Ponte Vedra, with a three for four night. Quinlan Richmond and Bailey Wagoner were two for three, and pitcher Holder went two for four including a triple. Elizabeth Fox drove in a pair of runs and scored one for the Sharks.

On Feb. 16, the Sharks were not so fortunate when they hosted Atlantic Coast. Ponte Vedra took an early one-run advantage in the second inning but gave three back to the visitors in the next frame.

Down 4-2 in the sixth, the Sharks bounced back with three runs to move in front 5-4, only to have Atlantic tie the game in the top of the seventh. After a scoreless eighth, the wheels fell off for Ponte Vedra in the top of the ninth. Atlantic scored four times in the inning, taking advantage of poor fielding by the Sharks. Ponte Vedra outhit the visitors 10-9, but allowed five errors.