The Fairmont State softball team is finding out life is better at the top.
"I think the way we've been playing the past couple of games, and the way we've played this season, our team has really come together," Fairmont State senior pitcher Chelsea Cobb said.
"They've done well," Falcons Head Softball Coach Rick Wade said. "I've got excellent pitching and excellent defense, so sometimes when we don't score as many runs, then we don't have to score that many runs because we've got an awful lot of shutouts. My three pitchers have thrown a lot of shutouts this year. So we don't have to score too many runs when the other team gets nothing."
And that's been life as a Fairmont State Falcon this year. The softball team is leading the WVIAC in a spot typically held down by the West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats. They're doing it with defense, and also with the long ball.
"This year we're leading the conference in home run's again. We led last year and last weekend we hit like nine home run's in the four games we played. So they're really hitting the ball well," Wade explained.
"Whenever we come out in the first inning and get like three runs or something, it's awesome to play with that kind of offense," Cobb said. "So that way on defense you can kind of loosen up a little bit. If you give up a run or a base hit, they just say 'it's okay guys, look at the scoreboard, we're up by three. Don't worry about it!'
As the Falcons prepare to venture out to Vienna for the conference tournament next week, Coach Wade is reminded how tough of a task it is to win the regular season and the conference tournament.
"Next week is the conference tournament, and it's tough over there," Wade admitted, "to be the regular season winner and the conference champion. I salute Steve Warner. He's done it many times. It's really tough because you've got everybody over there trying to beat you then, instead of just one team on one day."