New Castle News


April 11, 2012

Athlete of the Week: Meet Savannah Partridge of Union

NEW CASTLE — Hitting is contagious.

Savannah Partridge and the Union High girls softball team proved that last week.

The Lady Scots went on a three-game rampage last week as they outscored their three foes, 63-11. Partridge led the way as she went 7 for 10 at the plate and drove in 14 of those runs.

The performance earned her Lawrence County Athlete of the Week honors, an award sponsored by Washington Centre Physical Therapy and selected by the New Castle News sports staff.

Union (3-0 section, 4-3 overall) started off the week with a 26-1 home win over Aliquippa. Partridge, a senior, had a three-run homer, a triple and a single in the triumph. She followed that performance by driving in four more runs in a 20-5 nonsection home win over Lowellville, Ohio. Partridge finished the week with a two-run homer, two singles and four RBIs in a 17-6 victory at Rochester.

“We have been playing pretty good. We’ve been hitting better than normal,” Partridge said. “We’ve been playing as a team. Our last game, we were pretty close for a while. Then, somebody started to hit and then the whole team did. I am just happy I can play.”

Partridge, a senior, almost had to miss this softball season. Also a basketball standout, she tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee during the Lady Scots’ last basketball home game Feb. 6. So Partridge had a choice — have surgery right away in February or delay the procedure, rehab her knee and try to play softball.

So far, so good.

“I thought I was going to have to get surgery right away, but it just depended if I was going to play softball in college. If I wait until I graduate to get it, I’ll be fine by softball season,” she said. “It doesn’t hurt that bad. It’s just good that I can play with the injury I have. I am just happy I can be on the field and help the team.”

Union coach Gary Trimble is thrilled Partridge is able to participate in softball.

“We have a good hitting team. She is kind of like the pillar there. We are so pleased she’s able to play in the first place. She did rehab and got back as soon as she could,” he said. “She is an impact hitter. She has great instincts. She has a softball mentality. Whatever she is doing for us, she does a great job, whether that’s hitting, baserunning or fielding — she’s played several positions. She’s able to do whatever you want her to do. Not everyone can do that. She is a natural and has great instincts.”

Partridge, whose mobility has been limited in the field, hit .667 (16 for 24) with four homers and 23 RBIs in the team’s first seven games.

“I am very pleased with her attitude. It’s very tough coming to play when you’re hurting,” Trimble said. “She’s just been a good person to have around all year. Our goal is to make the playoffs. She is a big part of it and, hopefully, the rest of the season goes well for her.”

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