Prep Softball Preview: New faces to fill diamond this season
After the latest round of winter weather, many are longing for the days of Spring to arrive. Whether the elements cooperate or not, softball season is here in Davidson County. New faces will fill the diamond this season.
Below is a preview of high schools in the Thomasville area.
East Davidson Golden Eagles
Record last season: 17-8 overall, 9-1 in CCC
Head Coach: Amanda Akins
Key losses: Morgan Gallimore, Bailey Inman, Natalie Naturile, Haley Ray
Top returning players: Bailey Jones (junior), Andrea Grant (junior), Brooklyn Hopkins (sophomore), Morgan Key (sophomore), Brooke Walser (sophomore).
Key newcomers: Allison Wike, Bre Carroll, Kaitlyn Powell
Season Outlook: “It has been hard to get consistency going this season with as many days as we've had to miss due to rain and winter weather,” said Akins. “One of our major goals is to win conference and the tournament. This year, we hope to make a deeper run into the playoffs. In order to achieve our goals, we are going to have to keep errors to a minimum and have successful at bats every inning. We only have a varsity team this year, and we are carrying 19 girls, all of which have important roles for our team to be successful. Among these 19 girls, we only have freshman, sophomores and juniors.”
Record last season: 15-10 overall, finished second in MPC
Head Coach: Charlie Brown
Key losses: Ashley Best (MPC Player of Year), Meg Everhart
Top returning players: Jessie Hayworth (junior), Destiny DeBerry (junior), Mackenzie Cranford (junior), Megan Hayworth (sophomore), Mary Davis (senior), Erin Crotts (senior), Madison Tinkle (senior), Bayleigh Griffith (junior), Sandra-Anne Kernodle (junior).
Key newcomers: Abbey Crews, Grace Holland, Nicole Lethco, Brinley Irvin.
Season Outlook: “The players and the coaching staff expect to try and compete for a conference championship along with Southwestern Randolph, Southern Guilford, Asheboro, Central Davidson, and Western Guilford,” said Brown. “After being knocked out of the first round of the playoffs last year, the players and coaching staff feel that competing for a conference championship and making a longer run in the state playoffs would be a success for this team.”