“As young as the team is this is a pretty good accomplishment,” ELCA softball Doug Campbell coach said. “We have seven sophomores starting and three juniors starting. Winning region is a big deal and we hadn’t done it in a couple of years until last year so of course it’s just a step to get to the next level.”
The Lady Chargers won seven of their eight region contests by at least three runs and are 21-4 overall, which is not a surprise to their coach.
“We expected to be about where we are this year,” Campbell said. “Our record is pretty good. We felt like if our pitching was consistent then we would be able to have a solid record. We’ve hit very well and put up a lot of runs.”
Abigail Rogers, Brooke Echols and Casey Durham are all back and leading the team at the plate. But Campbell has concerns when it comes to his defense.
“We have the same nucleus, the same group” he said. “We approach everything the same way. There is not really much of a change from last year’s group to this year’s group. I would like to see our defense be a little stronger. We’ve got to improve our defense if we are going to compete for a state title.”
Last year, ELCA finished seventh in Columbus after losses to Mount Pisgah Christian and Athens Christian.
“We’re hoping to get to Columbus again,” Campbell said. “Our goal is to at least finish in the Final Four if we don’t win the state championship. We feel like we can compete for a title if we hit and pitch well.”