The 2019 Grundy County Lady Yellow Jacket softball team may be limited on experience with only two full time starters back, but this team isn’t short on energy, excitement, and optimism as they prepare for the 2019 season. Head coach Jason Evans sees a positive attitude in this group despite their lack of experience on offense, defense, and even in their pitching. He sees a group of young ladies that are eager to work every time they step on the field.
Coach Evans sees their attitude as their strength, while the glaring weakness has been the inability to get on the diamond because of the record setting rainfall during the month of February. He hasn’t been able to use outdoor situations to work these young ladies on the fundamentals they need to be prepared for the season.
Senior Meleah Stevens is one of two regular starters returning. She will play either third base or center field, according to where her versatility can help the most. Junior Emma Seagroves will provide leadership and experience from the catcher’s position. She has started since midway of her freshman year behind the dish.
There are five returning players who saw starting action in 2018. Four more returning players will see their most extensive action thus far in their careers.
Coach Evans feels the offense is ahead of the defense, and is confident with his pitching depth. Sophomore McKenzie Broadway and Stevens will provide the most experience, while freshmen Jenna Helton and Lacie Woodlee will provide depth. Sophomore Jeresha Meeks will also be used in the circle, although she will handle shortstop duties for the most part.
Coach Evans feels the outfield positions will be the most inexperienced in the line-up. Most likely all three positions could be held by first year starters.
The Lady Jackets opened their season Tuesday night with a District 7 – AA game with Bledsoe County in their home opener. Yesterday, the team traveled to Richard Hardy to battle the Lady Hawks. Tonight (Thursday) at 5 p.m., the Lady Jackets play host to district rival Marion County. The Lady Jackets next action will be at Whitwell next Wednesday at 1 p.m., in front of Whitwell’s student body. Next Thursday, the Lady Jackets travel to Crossville to play district rival Cumberland County at 5 p.m.