Olivia Aitkin

This week’s Cedar Ridge Red Wolf of the Week is freshman softball pitcher Olivia Aitkin.

Last week in the first start of her varsity career, Aitkin went 2-for-3 with two doubles as the Red Wolves defeated Cardinal Gibbons 18-15 in Raleigh. Aitkin also had two RBIs as the Red Wolves rallied from a 12-8 deficit after four innings.

In addition, Aitkin earned her first career victory as a pitcher, coming on in relief in the 2nd inning with the Crusaders leading 10- 4. In five-and-one-third innings of work, Aitkin five hits and five runs, allowing the Red Wolves to rally for ten runs in the final three innings to improve to 2-0.

On Thursday night, Cedar Ridge completed a sweep of the Crusaders with an 13-2 victory in Hillsborough. Aitkin had an RBI single in her only at-bat.

Aitkin appeared as a relief pitcher in Cedar Ridge’s 19-7 victory over Bartlett Yancey in the season-opener on February 28. Aitkin started playing softball in the 5th grade at HYAA Bull City. In middle school, she started playing in Efland.

“I don’t get overwhelmed playing varsity this early,” Aitkin said. “I’ve had a lot of confidence from travel ball and I just go out here and do my job. All the girls are really great. I think as a team, we’re coming together and our defense is getting better.”

In travel ball, Aitkin has played in Florida, South Carolina, Virginia and Georgia. Last fall, Aitkin played on the Cedar Ridge women’s golf team under head coach Clay Jones.