Beginning their games on Friday, the Lady Cougars started the five game series with two losses – 12-6 to Hillgrove and 6-0 to Heard County. However, the team came back the next day and defeated their final three teams – Newnan 5-2, Flowery Branch 10-2 and Bremen 15-3.
Prior to the tournament, head coach Zackary Graham said the team has been playing “great” as they have gone undefeated in their region, 6-0
“We are playing as one unit and that is all you can ask for,” the coach said. “Everyone has a big role. Every girl spends all their energy every game and every practice. I feel this is the reason we are having success.
“If we keep playing together as a team winning will take care of itself.”
With such success thus far in the season, there are several players that are at the top of the stat sheet.
Before the tournament Macy Henry was hitting .500, Trinity Kirkland was hitting .382 and Kaitlyn Massey was hitting .350. The leading pitcher for the Lady Cougars is Sydnee Council who had an ERA of 0.71.
The team has made it a point to play solid, fundamental softball to be successful — focusing on completing routine plays rather than on flashy, “spectacular” plays, the coach said.
“Right now our strength has been hitting in clutch situations,” said Graham.
The goals for the team this season are to win one game at a time, win the region and “go deep” in the state playoffs. According to Graham, it all begins with one win at a time.
“We don’t look down the road. In our region you have to focus on the next game. If you overlook someone you will get beat,” Graham said.