Lady Tigers look to replace five seniors on field

By Austin Bishop

The Winston County Journal


Although the Lady Tigers will be young, Noxapater head slow-pitch softball coach Jodie Duran likes what she has seen so far out of her team in the preseason.

Noxapater participated in a jamboree in Kosciusko last weekend, losing to the host Lady Whippets 2-0 and taking an 8-2 win over Forest.

“We really looked pretty good,” Duran said. “We got out of two bases-loaded jams with nobody out against Kosciusko without getting flustered and only gave up one run. That’s a good job.”

She said the left side of her defense returns, but the right side will be young or playing in new positions. “We will have a lot of people playing in positions they haven’t had much experience at (in slow-pitch) before,” Duran said. “The position I was most concerned about was pitcher and Brianna Barnett has stepped right up and done a good job so far.

“I graduated five seniors so we have five spots to fill,” she said. “We are real strong on the left side with four returning starters over there.”

Handling the duties at shortstop will be Brenna Glass, while Madelyn Wilkes is at third. In the outfield, Treasure Lynch will be in left and Hannah Hamilton is in left center. Emily Mills returns behind the plate, while fellow senior Anna Claire Webb, who played the position in fast-pitch, is at first base.

The Lady Tigers open the season this Saturday at the Winston County Classic in Louisville that features Noxapater, Nanih Waiya and Louisville.

The action is set to begin at 10 a.m. with Nanih Waiya playing Louisville, before Noxapater and NW tangle at 11:30 p.m. The 1 p.m. contest has Louisville facing Noxapater.

2013 Lady Tigers

Number Name GRADE

00 Breanna Glass 12

8 Hanna Hamilton 12

10 Emily Mills 12

1 Anna Claire Webb 12

5 Treasure Lynch 11

11 Kiarra McDonald 11

13 Kayla Thompson 11

3 Brianna Barnett 10

15 Kyria Carter 10

30 Jenelle Geter 10

2 Hailey Hardy 10

14 Tiffany Hornesbuger 10

32 Caliya Moore 10

12 Kiera Phillips 10

9 Tykea Phillips 10

6 Deanna Sangster 10

20 Olivia McDonald 9

4 Yolanda Cooper 8

16 Desmia Tucker 8

7 Madelyn Wilkes 8

25 Fantasia Carter 7

26 Jaycie Holdiness 7

20 Raleigh Grace Parker 7

30 Lexi Thomas 7

32 Princess Welch 7