Arcadia Softball Secures First District Championship in 14 Years

The Arcadia Firebirds pose after grabbing their first district softball title in 14 years. Photo by Matthew Yoder.

By Matthew Yoder
The Arcadia Firebirds secured their first district championship in 14 years, defeating the Nandua Warriors for senior night last Thursday.

Seniors Hailey Berry, Skylar Stapleton, and Haley McDaniel were all honored prior to the game, then proceeded to make strong contributions on the field to bring their school a long-awaited title. McDaniel finished the game with a pair of hits, an RBI, and scored two runs, while providing a solid defensive anchor at shortstop. Brianna Montross and Hannah Parks, likewise, had two hits, and Savannah McDonald had a hit and scored two pivotal runs.

Sydney Jester tossed a complete game for Arcadia, allowing two earned runs on hits, with no walks and eight strikeouts.

Alana Shea incurred the loss for Nandua, allowing seven runs on nine hits. Shea was relieved by Reghan Hintz, who pitched 2.2 scoreless innings. Hailey Justice and Jaelyn Killmon both had two hits and an RBI for Nandua, and Carol Hope Greer’s solid RBI double in the bottom half of the seventh inning capped a rally for Nandua that fell just short.