That’s what Mount Pisgah softball coach Haley Brooks has this season with all 11 players from last year’s region championship team back on the diamond.
Included in those 11 are four seasoned seniors and five All-State caliber players and with such a talented group taking the field, Brooks said her team has high aspirations this fall.
“We didn’t lose anybody from a really good team last year and our goal this year is to win state,” said Brooks, now in her third season as the Lady Pats’ head coach. “Leading up to that point we want to win as many games as possible and establish some chemistry, but that is the goal we have set.”
A year ago Mount Pisgah went 25-6 and a perfect 8-0 in region play before topping North Cobb Christian and Georgia Military in the first two rounds of the state playoffs. On to Columbus they went for the state finals, where they went 2-2 and finished the season as the fourth place team in Class-A.
At season’s end Madison Claytor, Maddy Wickline and Morgan Walters were named first-team All-State, while Nicole Peters and Courtney Condon taking second team honors.
Condon, a junior starting pitcher, returns this fall for her third year as the Patriots’ ace and will anchor the defense once again inside from the circle. Claytor will be her battery-mate behind the plate and hit third in the lineup with Walters, a power-hitting junior that committed to the University of Missouri, bringing her big bat back to the clean-up spot.
Peters and Wickline, both senior infielders, will be the slap-hitting spark plugs at the top of a lineup that Brooks said would be even better than last year’s group that averaged over seven runs per game.
“Add Camille Tracy, another senior in the six-hole, and we have a really strong lineup top to bottom that has a chance to be really really good,” said the Mount Pisgah head coach.
“We have big goals and the girls know we’ll have a target on our backs every time we step on the field this season, so the number one key for us is just to play together and stay focused on our goals.”