It has been a season of state success for rural Floyd County High School: A state championship in basketball, a state champion female wrestler, a state winner in the 800 meter track final and, on Sunday, a first-ever state win for the varsity softball team in Radford.
The Lady Buffs held a normally high-scoring Goochland team to just one run with a 4-1 win Sunday morning. At a time when many Floyd Countians are in church, the stands at Radford University’s softball field were packed with fans to watch their team take the decisive win and hold off a serious challenge in the top of the seventh and final inning.
The girls celebrated with lunch at Sals in Radford, decorated their bus and then headed home for even more celebrations in downtown Floyd, where sheriff’s department chief investigator Jeff Dalton led a group of motorcyclists escorting the girls’ bus into town where an impromptu celebration put a cap on the successful day.
The win came during the Lady Buffs first ever appearance in the state finals and was a sitting clincher to a solid season where the team dominated play and won the regionals before heading into the state playoffs.
Sunday morning’s state final was postponed from Saturday after rains last Thursday pushed the semi-finals from Friday to Saturday.
Clouds hung over the field for part of the morning and the rain held off until Sunday night.
More photos and Roger Mannon’s story in Thursday’s Floyd Press.