Lady Cats softball preparing for big season on diamond

Published 6:02 pm Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Coming off an already hot summer schedule, 9-1-1, Bainbridge High School Lady Cats softball team is ready to make this season unforgettable.

Coach Christopher Bryant Is thrilled with the group he has before him, especially the senior class. This year’s senior class were freshmen when Bryant started his coaching career and he has watched them develop a special bond that makes the team and the year a recipe for success.

“They all bring something really special to the table,” Bryant said.

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The team is a defensively sound team, according to Bryant and one of the best at bats he said he has seen in Bainbridge High history.

“We hit more homeruns this summer than we did all last season,” Bryant said. “The sky is the limit for this season.”

That doesn’t mean the players don’t have some nerves about a few games. Seniors, Thyra Jackson, Abbey Gardner and Desirae Beachem are most ready for the Thomas County Central game, while senior, Addison Enfinger wants revenge on Harris County for beating them last year and injuring her wrist.

Bryant agreed that TCC and Harris County will be some of their tougher games.

“The teams are always competitive,” he said. “We probably have one of the toughest regions in the state. All the athletes are well coached and those teams just have some really jam up kids.”

The Lady Cats also have some players to keep an eye out for. The seniors said incoming freshman, Halle Cannon will be playing catcher and she will be a key player this year.

Bryant also thinks Cannon has an unmatched skillset, but said this year will be tough because every player that’s on the bench has the same skill as the players on the field; the team is truly extremely talented.

While the seniors are looking forward to the competition, they also are excited to be back together as a team again.

“I’m most excited about being all together again,” Gardner said.

Enfinger echoed her statement, saying how she was ready to have one last season with all of her senior friends.

Jackson agreed, saying she was most ready for the road trips with all her girls.

The girls also hope to be a role model to players just joining the team. They want to encourage and mentor them and really show them the value in having a teammate bond. They want the girls to realize they aren’t just teammates, but a family.

Most importantly, they want to give this season to Bryant and thank him for this experience they’ve had the past four years. Bryant hopes the experience will end on a high note. He knows it will be tough, but fully believes the team will be ready for the people they faceoff against in the playoffs.

“This team has a chance to do something that’s never been done before in BHS softball history,” he said. “We could make it to Columbus.”