By Austin Bishop
The Winston County Journal
First-year Louisville High School fast-pitch softball coach Chelsea Wade fully understands that there will be a big learning curve for her Lady Wildcats this season.
“We are extremely young,” she said. “We have six sophomores and six freshmen and one senior.”
The senior Wade — who has been head slow-pitch softball coach for several seasons and served as a fast-pitch assistant under Chet Wilkes — is counting on is Mariah Ford. “She is one of those players we can put in the outfield or move her to the infield. We need her to be a really clutch player for us.”
Wade is also counting on Ayana Taylor to handle things at shortstop, while relying on the combination of Brooklyn Hill and transfer Emeree Haggard in the circle. “Getting her (Haggard) has really helped us,” Wade said. “It takes a little of the pressure off Brooklyn so she doesn’t feel like she has to pitch every game.”
The Lady Wildcats got off to a 1-1 start by defeating Noxapater and losing to Nanih Waiya in the Winston County Classic in early March.
The Lady Wildcats took a 19-7 road win over Starkville on Monday night and were set to host Kosciusko on Tuesday, weather permitting. LHS then hosts Choctaw Central on Friday, before hosting Nettleton on March 25 and South Pontotoc on March 27 in region contest.
Other region foes for LHS this season will be North Pontotoc, Aberdeen and Kemper County.