Lady Knights start and end final game in celebration


GRAFTON—The Taylor County Middle School (TCMS) Lady Knights softball team played their final of the season game on Thursday night, as they celebrated their eighth grader members who would be playing their last game as a Lady Knights. 

The night began in celebration of Lillie Crimm, Andy Toothman, Karigain Wildroudt, Chelsea Mauller, Harmony Shroder, and Isabella Rashelle, who will be moving onto play at the next level.

These girls played the game with heart and passion and will be sorely missed next year.

“We had a great year. This was our first winning season in a while. All the girls improved a lot from the beginning of the year,” voiced head coach Joe Mualler.

He went on to note that this season has showcased the program’s growth, and he believed it is a step in the right direction for the future of TCMS softball.

“These girls learned how to set goals, they also learned accountability, responsibility and respect for one another,” he added.

The Lady Knights ended the evening the same way it began, in celebration as they rounded out their season claiming a massive win over a formidable Elkins team.

TCMS came out on fire offensively, and dominated at the plate all night.

Crimm also dominated on the mound with eight strikeouts on the night, along with a base clearing triple at the plate in the middle innings of the game.

She was helped at the plate by Wildroudt who went 4-4, and Jeri Wolford who also went 4-4 on the night.

The Lady Knights finished off the Elkins squad early in the fifth inning, with a final score of 18-5.

Assistant coach this year and tentatively next year’s head coach, Chase Setler, had a lot to say after the game.

“First off I would like to thank the parents and the players for an incredible season,” he shared.  “This was my first ever official season coaching and it was a blast. Teaching these girls not only the game, but also a lot of life lessons. I am excited for the challenge going forward, and working during the off season, helping all the girls improve for next season.”

Setler also commented on the happiness and pride he feels as a coach seeing his team close the season with a big win.

And while the season has come to a bittersweet end, the impact of this team and the memories made are sure to last a lifetime.

“This group of girls will forever be in my heart as the group that came in with hardly any softball experience and went on to show that this team has changed the way people look at the middle school softball program from here on,” expressed Mauller.

The staff of the Mountain Statesman would like to congratulate the Lady Knights on a successful season. We would also like to express our pride in the young ladies moving on to high school next year.

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