Lady Tigers sitting pretty at 14-11

by dentonramsey

Lady Tigers sitting pretty at 14-11

 

DEMOPOLIS – The Demopolis Lady Tigers softball team is off to a good start, sitting at 14-11 as the midway mark in the season quickly approaches.

Meanwhile, the junior varsity squad has a 2-1 record and both the varsity and JV teams have proven they will not be looked over by opposing teams.

“We’ve hit the ball more consistent so far than any team I’ve ever coached,” head coach Wayne Harris said. “Overall, we’re hitting the ball harder. The question now is ‘can we get hot and stay hot for 10 or more games?’ But we’re just waiting for that moment and I am proud of the way the girls have been playing lately.

“Defensively, we’ve got 14 girls that I can rotate and easily feel comfortable with it. We’ve gone through some growing pains, but it’s tough when you lose five starters and only have three returning. Now we just need to work on finding out who plays good where.”

According to Harris, “there are several things” the girls need to work on as far as weaknesses on the 2005 squad.

“The main thing we need to do is work on staying focused for seven innings,” Harris said. “And that comes with on the field experience. We need to work on being serious, yet having a good time. And we need speed. You can’t just go out and bring in speed, and that is another thing we need to work on. But we’ve got really good attitudes and they are all competitive and want to play.”

 

As far as key players through the midway point of the season, Harris pointed to a few local stars.

“India Chancelor has been exceptional behind the plate,” Harris said. “She’s been the anchor defensively. Another key player has been Dorothy Knapp at second base – she’s a true asset. Brittany McGee has done a remarkable job pitching and Sara Davis has also excelled. And as far as the outfield is concerned, I could name all six of the girls I use to rotate through the outfield. They have all just done their jobs.”

So what’s next for the Lady Tigers?

“We obviously want to win a high percentage of our remaining ball games,” Harris said. “Our ultimate goal is to win the area tourney and to still be playing in the third weekend of May. Anything less than that is unplanned. We want to play as long as we possibly can and as many ball games as we can.”

The Lady Tigers have turned at least five double plays this season, and coach Harris has been proud of the way the girls have been responding in recent games.

With the season almost halfway over, the girls are looking to make a run for the area title, and it’s just a matter of time before we find out if they accomplish that mission.

The DHS softball team returns to action on Saturday morning at 10 a.m. to face Choctaw County in a double-header at Demopolis.

For the latest scores and information on the Demopolis softball teams, check later editions of The Times.

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