Johnson said that an attempt to build the GW softball program into a contender will take time, but added that her own resolve combined with young standouts like Ferrell give her a starting point. The Patriots were forced to cancel three games during spring break because several players left the area for vacations.
"The hardest thing to change about a team is their culture. I haven't been around the past few years, but softball hasn't been the top priority sport for a lot of these girls," Johnson said. "That's something I want to change."
George Washington won its fourth Class AAA volleyball state championship in November, and its girls basketball program missed the State Tournament last season for the first time in three seasons. Its tennis and soccer programs are also among the state's most decorated.
"With the girls we have here now, we have an opportunity to build something," Johnson said.
Like Johnson, Holt has talent on his roster but little tradition on which to build. To him, building a successful program begins with continuity.
"We need to put in more work, and as somebody who wants to do that, I plan on staying with them for years to come," Holt said. "I've got one senior and five freshmen. We're very young. We're basically based on juniors and freshmen.
"I think the reason why they haven't been competitive is that they haven't had a coach to stay around. They've had five coaches in the last four years. You can't build a program that way."
Junior Monet Brown got Capital's big hit in the first, a two-run double that posted the Cougars (2-12) to a 5-0 lead.
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