Female Athlete of the Week: Scott off to strong start for Rams

Carey Scott

STRASBURG — Carey Scott has a little extra inspiration this softball season.

The Strasburg senior is playing every game in memory of a friend who recently died — former Strasburg student Chris Saville. Scott said she was good friends with him and she wants to play this season not only for herself but for him as well.

“We grew up together. We went to pre-school. We had almost every single class together until he left to go to Mountain View. Then we stopped talking, but we were still close friends,” Scott said. “We still know what we meant to each other, and so he had a pretty big impact in my life. So now since he’s gone every game I play is for him, since he can’t play. Every time I step in the batter’s box I say ‘this hit’s for him.’ When I go and I pitch, I put his initials in the back of the pitcher’s mound.

“I play every game for him,” she said.

The inspiration was certainly working on March 22. Scott went 5-for-5 and hit for the cycle in a 10-5 victory over Moorefield.

Scott said it was the first time she’s ever hit for the cycle, and said she didn’t realize she had accomplished the feat until after the game.

“It was one of my best games I’ve probably every played, to be honest,” Scott said. “I just had confidence in the box the whole time I went up there. … It was pretty exciting. After the game everybody was like, ‘Wow, Carey you hit for the cycle.’ It was just really joyful and everybody was really happy for me. It was a good experience.”

Scott’s standout game and week earned her The Northern Virginia Daily’s Female Athlete of the Week for the week of March 21-27.

Scott started the game off with a bunt single, then had a triple, a double and then hit a solo home run. She said the home run was unexpected.

“(Strasburg) Coach (Suzanne) Mathias was just like just get us a hit, just get us going because I think we were down,” Scott said. “So I was just relaxed and confident and went up to the box, and I had like two balls maybe and it was just there and I swung. Everyone was like, ‘Run, run,’ so I was running, and then everybody was shouting, ‘It went out, it went out.’ It was pretty exciting because we had two home runs that game. So that just made it more fun.”

Not only did Scott have a big day at the plate, but she also pitched three innings, allowing only two hits.

She also had stolen two bases and had two RBIs and scored four runs in the victory over Moorefield.

Mathias said Scott, the lead-off batter, has been very valuable to the Rams on the base paths.

“She’s got the softball smarts and the speed so she can be aggressive on the bases,” Mathias said. “It’s nice because she’s not one that I have to tell every little thing to do. If there’s a passed ball or ball in the dirt, steal the base. She just automatically does it, and she’s reading the defense constantly. If they’re not covering and doing what they’re supposed to do, she’s going to steal the base and she has the green light to do whatever.”

Mathias said Scott’s hitting has improved this season, and she said a lot of it is just having more confidence in herself at the plate.

Another area where Mathias said she’s really improved is being more of a leader. She is one of three seniors on the team.

“That’s something that we’ve really worked hard on in all the years that I’ve had her, and again it comes with being successful early. I think I told her she’s made really good strides at being a good leader,” Mathias said. “She’s just very competitive and sometimes kids don’t know how to take that. But I think, as far for Carey, I think she’s definitely growing in that aspect at being a leader.”

The Rams are off to a 3-2 start, with both losses coming to defending Group 2A state champion Page County. Strasburg has three seniors, and the rest of the team is made up of freshmen and sophomores.

Scott said she thinks the young team is making progress early in the season.

“We have a couple freshmen playing on the infield. We still have some new gloves on the field,” Scott said. “We’re just starting to get together and know how each other play and we’re coming together. It’s slowly putting the pieces together, but I think after we get some more games under our belts we’ll finally be comfortable and be comfortable in the batters box and not be afraid to make mistakes.”

No matter how the rest of the season goes Scott we’ll be playing for Saville, which is giving her more inspiration to give everything she has on the field.

“It pushes me harder to dive after the ball, because last year I wouldn’t do that as much, but now I leave everything on the field,” Scott said. “I go all out. I hit as much as I can. I provide as much as I can, do as much as I can.”

Contact staff writer Tommy Keeler at 540-465-5137 ext. 168, or tkeeler@nvdaily.com