CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The past few seasons have been a rollercoaster ride for the Charleston Catholic softball team.
The Irish won 16 games in 2011 and made it all the way to the regional semifinals before losing to eventual state champion Buffalo. Last season, though, after losing a pair of two-time All-State selections in Marty Wilcox and Ally Hoyer to graduation, Catholic struggled mightily, winning just three games.
With plenty of ups and downs along the way, the one constant for the Irish has been junior Brianna Ross. Through it all, Ross has started every game for Catholic both seasons and put up solid numbers for the Irish each year.
This season, Catholic has improved drastically with an 11-8 record and Ross has been one of the main reasons why. She leads the Kanawha Valley with a .654 batting average, and has driven in 38 runs to go along with six doubles, three triples and a home run.
"The emotions have been up and down but I try and keep my calm and bring my best game to the field and to the team," Ross said. "I try to not let my bad emotions get out of me because I feel the whole team will be brought down by me."
Ross is proud of her accomplishments so far this season in leading the area in hitting, as is Catholic Coach Kevin Corbett.
"It feels really great," Ross said. "I'm just playing how I know how to play. I'm just putting it all out on the field."
"It's amazing," Corbett said. "Every time she comes up, we expect good things to happen, and usually it does. She's been great. You never have to worry about what is going to happen with her."
Ross has been putting up big numbers every since entering the Catholic program in 2011. She started every game at third base as a freshman and was an honorable mention All-State selection after hitting .371. Last season, Ross moved to shortstop and hit .676, but didn't have enough at-bats to qualify with so many mercy rule defeats Catholic suffered.