Lady Panthers slowly getting ready for district play

By Austin Bishop

The Choctaw Plaindealer


It’s a little more than two weeks before the French Camp Academy slow-pitch softball team opens district play, and first-year head coach Sarah Skidmore says her Lady Panthers are gaining experience as they get ready to make a playoff run.

FCA is currently 1-5 on the season, but two of those four losses came at the hands of Class 6A Grenada and two others were against Class 4A Kosciusko.

Last week the Lady Panthers picked up their first win of the season by knocking off Coffeeville 11-1 on Tuesday before falling to Kosy 10-0 on Thursday. This week the Lady Panthers were set to host Ethel on Monday and then will have the week off before visiting East Webster on Monday, Sept. 16.

“The girls were real excited,” Skidmore said of the win over Coffeeville, that saw Kaley Edwards smash a homer for FCA. “Our hitting has really improved. That’s something we have been working on. Overall, we are improving a little bit each time we play.”

FCA plays in the same district as Ethel and McAdams, with the top two teams advancing to the playoffs. French Camp lost to Ethel 4-2 in the Kosciusko Classic, but neither that game nor the one that was played Monday count in the district standings.

French Camp’s district games against Ethel are set for Sept. 26 at Ethel and Oct. 7 at FCA. The league games with McAdams are scheduled for Sept. 30 in McAdams and Oct. 10 at home.