Lady Lions open softball season this week

By Austin Bishop
The Choctaw Plaindealer

A trio of seniors will be counted on to help the Weir High School Lady Lions navigate the 2013 fast-pitch softball season.

“Obviously the seniors will be very important to our teams since they have the most experience and will be at key positions,” said Weir head coach Miranda Worrell.

Those seniors will handle a major portion of the interior of the Lady Lion defense, with Nette Gibbs behind the plate, her twin sister Tay Gibbs on the mound and Somiya Forrest handling the duties at shortstop.

Forrest and the Gibbs sisters were set to begin their last year on the high school diamond when Weir was set to open the season at Ackerman on Tuesday. The Lady Lions then travel to Ethel on Thursday. The first home game of the season for Weir will be March 4, when the Lady Lions entertain the Lady Indians of AHS.

“Our team has a little bit of everything,” Worrell said. “We have a few girls with speed, a few girls with power and some who have a little of both. I hope to make us a defensively solid team and utilize some of our speed on offense.”

A key defensive player who will see time at several positions is Kayla Hannah. Tay Gibbs, Hannah and Brittney Dewberry are also expected to provide some pop at the plate for the Lady Lions.

Weir will be in the same district as Nanih Waiya, Noxapater and West Lowndes.

“A lot of time and effort will be needed to learn fundamental skills to help us compete against those teams,” Worrell said. “Nanih Waiya will be our biggest district competition, and we will need to make sure we do the little things right in order to beat them.”