Lady Panthers set to open softball season Saturday

By Austin Bishop

The Choctaw Plaindealer

 

The 2013 slow-pitch softball season is going to be a learning process for the French Camp Academy Lady Panthers.

“We do have some experience, but we have a bunch of young players,” said first-year FCA head coach Sarah Skidmore. “We have a lot of ninth and 10th graders and some eighth graders who will start.

“Our strength is that we have a lot of players who have played together,” she said. “We have some key returnees on the infield, and we are developing our outfield.”

Carlyn West will be anchoring the infield at shortstop, while Shea McNutt is at first and Kaley Edwards will be handling the pitching. “She has been playing for several years and is one of our key players,” Skidmore said of West. “She has one of the strongest arms on the team, is quick on her feet and real smart.”

Skidmore referred to McNutt as an agile athlete with a strong glove, while Edwards is a dependable team player.

While there is still competition for several positions, senior Kassie Oswalt will be in left center and freshman Sydney Jennings in right center.

“All the girls have been working hard,” Skidmore said. “We have done a lot of physical training. Now we just need to play some games and see where we need to improve.”

The Lady Panthers will be competing in the same region with Ethel and McAdams, with the top two teams advancing to the playoffs.