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Orange County Softball Aims for State Championship

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A-W-T-O-C stands for "Another Win Tonight Orange County" and the softball team is proving that acronym game in and game out. With a 22-4 record, the Fighting Hornets are led by their star pitcher, Virginia Tech commitment Aysha Richardson on the mound.

"I try hard all the time and I don't slack off so that's probably the most important thing," said Richardson.

Some attribute their success on gameday to their superstitions.

"We gotta make sure Aysha's mom's on time for the game. One time she wasn't there and they started beating us and I'm like where's her mother, where's her mother next time I looked she was there and we came in and knocked it right on out," said head coach Doris Bazelle.

Richardson laughed, "I wash my uniform...other people may not wash their uniform. I don't judge them but I am superstitious about certain things. I have to have everything the same every gameday."

While the Orange County football team had a hard time adjusting to the school switching to AAA ball, its not the same story with the softball team. Shortstop Haley Jones said, "Most of the girls on the team play travel ball so we've played this type of talent or even better so its not that big of a change."

The girls face James Madison Tuesday June 4, 2013, in the Virginia AAA Quarterfinals, but they say they've been dreaming about getting to states all season long.

Jones said, "I just really want to win and I'm going to play really hard for my team."

Richardson added,"I've been having dreams and my mom's been having dreams so its crazy."


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