By Austin Bishop
The Winston County Journal
First-year Louisville High School slow-pitch softball head coach Drew Smith says his team will be young, but very exiting this
“Offensively we are going to be able to swing it with the best of them,” he said. “They hit it a long, long way. We have some fundamentals we need to work on defensively, but that will hopefully get better as the season goes along.”
Smith says he also hopes to use his team’s athleticism to its advantage.
“We have some girls who can run and we are going to be very aggressive on the bases,” he said. “I am going to send some girls on what will look like risky calls, but I believe we have the speed to score some runs that way and that puts the pressure on the other team’s defense.”
LHS split a pair of jamboree games in Kosciusko last Saturday, falling to the host Lady Whippets 13-2, before downing Ethel 7-6. The season begins for real this Saturday when the Lady Wildcats travel to Noxapater to take part in the Winston County Classic. Louisville is set to face Noxapater at 9 a.m. and Nanih Waiya at noon.
Smith said while the division his Lady Wildcats will be playing in is a small one — consisting of just LHS, Nettleton and Mooreville — it was very competitive. “It doesn’t matter if it is a three-team division or a five-team division, those are two of the powerhouse programs in the state. You are going to have to beat them anyway.”
Handling the pitching duties for LHS this year will be Zoria Nicholson, while Jamiya Miller is behind the plate. Ariel Lockett will be at first base with Miriah Ford at second, Diamond Wraggs at short and Carlmeisha Hunt holding down third base.
In the outfield for the Lady Wildcats will be Brooklyn Hill in left, Manyia Taylor in left-center, Aleah Triplett in right center, and Michelle Hopkins in right.
After taking part in the Winston County Classic, LHS is set to pay a visit to Leake Central on Tuesday, before hosting Philadelphia on Thursday, Aug. 21 at 6:15 p.m.