Big graduation losses left softball fans wondering, could the Atlee Raiders navigate the talented 5A waters and earn their third straight state title in 2017?
The answer was an emphatic yes.
With an historic season in the circle from senior Peyton St. George, Atlee allowed just single digit runs....for the year. No one scored more than one run in any game against them, their lone loss in nine innings to eventual 3A State Champion Warhill, 1-0.
At 24-1, the Raiders defeated Nansemond River, then, in the title game in a first ever all-Hanover County championship, used the same script as they used in a 1-0 win over Lee-Davis April 28th: a Peyton St. George solo home run and keeping Lee-Davis from striking late in the game, becoming the fourth team in Virginia High School League (VHSL) history to win three straight softball championships.
Congratulations to Atlee Softball, joining Monacan Girls Basketball and Cosby Girls Basketball this decade as girls' teams in the RVA to win three straight crowns in this decade!