By Austin Bishop
The Choctaw Plaindealer
Quality pitching and catching can win a lot of fast-pitch softball games and that’s where Choctaw County High School head coach Mike Brown believes the strength of his team lies.
“We have three girls with a lot of experience who can all get the job done for us,” Brown said. “Our catcher Haley Lucas is a three-year starter so our battery should be a plus for us.
“If you can keep them from scoring a lot of runs, then that means you don’t have to score a lot of runs to win,” he said.
The trio of pitchers Brown is counting on to pave the way for his Lady Chargers are Emily Robson, Sarah Moss and Mackenzie Toombs.
Allison Brown is expected to see action at first base for CCHS, with Brennan Power at second, Toombs or Laiana Cork at shortstop and Cork, Moss, Robison or Lizzie Thomas seeing time at third.
The outfield will be made up of Thomas, Brysa Maxwell and Kierra Fair.
“Our young kids can all really run well,” he said. “If they can put the bat on the ball we will be able to beat out some hits. We say if it hops three times you have a chance to get on base.”
He is looking for the power in the line-up to come from the trio of Toombs, Lucas and Fair.
While the Lady Chargers will have some power, that will not be central in their game.
“We will play some short game too,” Brown said. “That’s not always popular, but that’s the way you win games.”
Choctaw County will be in the same region with Southeast Lauderdale, Choctaw Central, Philadelphia, Raleigh and Forest.
The Lady Chargers open their season this weekend in the Kosciusko Classic, playing Leake Central on Friday and St Aloysius on Saturday.