The Lions have since entered play in Region 5-AAAAA and shown improvement, earning a 12-6 victory over New Manchester on March 10 while dropping one-run contests to East Paulding and Woodland (Bartow).
“We’re getting a little bit better and as long as we stick together and keep playing hard, we’ll have the chance to have a good season,” fifth-year head coach John Fulkerson said.
Senior centerfielder Austin Blair said that “our non-region play was shaky because we had a lot of errors and mental mistakes but we’ve gotten better on offense and defense.”
The Lions have averaged a respectable four runs a contest but have struggled from the mound, giving up seven runs per game to opponents.
“We’re hitting the ball better this year and our outfield has been solid,” Fulkerson said. “We have a young pitching staff and don’t have a lot of depth but we have to bring them along and give them another year of experience.”
Senior third baseman Justice Fehr added, “We need to stay focused and finish games better because we’ll get off to a good start and struggle at the end of contests.”
Fulkerson added, “We’ll need to improve putting hits together with runners on base along with being more consistent with our pitches.”
The coaching staff also wants to assist the players off the field as well.
“I have some of the best kids in the school and I want them to be successful individuals,” Fulkerson said. “I want them to know the mark they’re leaving with the program and be proud of it.”
Lithia Springs returns to action Friday against South Paulding.