Prep Softball: Panthers seek more consistent play
Charlie Brown looks at his roster and sees a team with endless potential. If he could somehow translate what he has on paper to production on the field, Ledford can be an unstoppable force. For now, they are too inconsistent for his liking.
“It has been up and down for us,” said Brown. “The consistency has not been there and we have not really played our best game at all. We are very sporadic at times and have not put it all together yet. One inning we look like we can dominate, then the next few innings we seem like we cannot put it together.”
The Lady Panthers are .500 on the season and 3-1 in the always difficult Mid-Piedmont Conference. They do have a signature 13-7 win over 4-A power North Davidson, but have not had much go well for them since. LHS has lost its last three outings entering last night’s doubleheader with Central Davidson and East Davidson.
“We had that good start and were able to beat North Davidson,” said Brown. “I thought we had some things rolling there, but we have been struggling lately. There have been some bad breaks and tough luck, but that is stuff we need to battle through.”
Ledford’s bats have been active throughout the year, but not always at the right times. Ashley Best, Destiny DeBerry, Mackenzie Cranford, Meg Everhart and Jessie Hayworth are notable batters in the lineup, but a failure to string together hits to score runs have caused much of the disappointment thus far.
“We have hit the ball pretty well, but it has been one of those cases where we have 10 hits in a night and only score two runs,” Brown said. “We are not getting timely hits and have left a lot on.”
Everhart has been the workhorse in the circle, but could use some help. Errors have hurt the Panthers, and the absence of pitcher Maddie Walker due to injury has been tough both defensively and offensively. She came on strong at the end of last season, giving solid contribution on the rubber and hitting home runs at the plate.
All things considered, Ledford is very much alive in the MPC race. Their only loss came in an 8-5 setback to perennial contender Southwestern Randolph. Though Brown may not have all the answers right now, history has proven that he can pull the right strings to make his teams better.
He just better do it quickly.
Sports Editor Zach Kepley can be reached at 888-3631, or firstname.lastname@example.org.