By Austin Bishop
Winston County Journal
If the Lady Warriors of Nanih Waiya can get things sorted out in the circle, first-year head slow-pitch softball coach Ron Swart says his team has a chance
to have a good season.
“We will be solid if we can find pitching,” he said. “We have a lot of good players. We should be solid on defense and we will be able to hit the ball.”
Ryan Holdiness, who pitched for NW last year, graduated and is now playing fast-pitch softball at the University of Central Arkansas. Among those looking to fill that spot in the circle is senior Candace Thornton. Brantlie Sheets and Hope Thames may also get some work there as well.
As the season begins it looks as if the infield is solid with Krysten Eaves at third, Mackenzie Johnson playing shortstop, Hope Thames at second, and Sheets at first.
The outfield is expected to have Ashley Thames in left, Marlee Parkes in left-center, Reagan Holdiness in right center and either Chelsea Smith or Tia Amos in right. Swart said several players were battling for playing time at catcher at this point. “Whoever can hit the ball best will get the chance to play there,” he said.
The Lady Warriors are scheduled to take part in the Clarkdale Jamboree on Saturday before facing Noxapater and Louisville in the Winston County Classic on Saturday, Aug. 16. Nanih Waiya will host Kosciusko on August 18 for its first home game of the season.