Lady Jackets open softball campaign
By ROB PATRICK
They may be young - 8B just two seniors - but head coach Larry Don Smith thinks his Sheridan Lady Jackets softball team has a chance for big things in 2001.
"They remind me of the group we had when we won State," he declared before his team was set to open the season Tuesday, March 6, at White Hall. "We
don't have the same dominant pitcher but we've got a good one with experience. We expect a good season. We could be pretty good."
Along with the return of pitcher Mary Smith, the Lady Jackets will have catcher Nicki Miller, a junior, starting for the third year in a row. Tiffany Nelson, a senior, returns at shortstop once she recovered from a foot operation.
"We'll have the fastest outfield we've ever had," Coach Smith noted.
Sophomore Wendy Hurst will sub for Nelson at shortstop. When Nelson returns, Hurst will return to the outfield, joining Angela Hall and Amanda Simpson, both juniors. While Hurst helps out on the infield, juniors Amber Cunningham and Alesha Workman will patrol the pastures as well. Senior Courtney Hix will be at third once again while the right side of the infield will include new starters Rachel Stallsworth, a sophomore, at first and Beth Threet, a junior, at second. Smith mentioned Cassie Volner and Angela Sisk as freshman hurlers.
After Tuesday's opener, the Lady Jackets were set to jump right into conference play at home against Pine bluff on Thursday at 5 p.m.
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