LHS varsity softball team returns with experience

by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

Lancaster High School varsity softball team members from left are, front row, Ayla Saunders, Dallas Walker, Braelyn Johnson and Paige Forrester; second row, assistant coach Le’Aria Kelley, Kiyah Smith, Kayleigh Self, Shelby Rose, Logan Kemp, Olivia Saunders and coach Bruce Northern; Alexis Franklin, NyJhria Gordon, Belle Bean, Rachel Taft and Claire Beitel. Photo by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

There’s a new coach with a familiar face on the Lancaster High School varsity softball sideline this season.

Bruce Northern, who was a baseball assistant at LHS for one year before the COVID-19 shutdown, has returned to lead the Lady Devils varsity team.

Northern brings 33 years of baseball coaching experience and seven years of softball experience to the position. He coached a 19U travel softball team in North Carolina and various American Legion and travel baseball teams before coming back home to the Northern Neck in 2011. He assisted Welby Saunders and Scotty George with baseball in 2019 then went to Northumberland to coach baseball for a year.

“My hopes are high for this season,” said Northern. “Up to this point, I’m extremely pleased with the girls….

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