Lady Yellow Jacket softball will warm up with a play day on Saturday and then begin regular season play on Tuesday at Chattanooga Christian. Coach Jason Evans has all but two of last year’s players back and many have a wealth of talent.
“We have 11 players back of last year’s 13 kids. We lost one outfielder and one pitcher/third baseman. We have three seniors back and all can reach the college level. All three of our seniors have the ability to play college at some level. There’s three schools looking at Madison Burrows and Madison Rogers. Sierra Kilgore should have some before the end of the season. The majority of our juniors are starting the process of what they need to do to get seen,” said Coach Evans.
“We have six freshmen and one junior that are new. One freshman, Bailey Sweeton, will see varsity action pretty early as a pitcher. The others will see action as base runners or in the outfield but they’ll primarily be junior varsity,” said the coach.
When asked what he expected from his very experienced team this year Coach Evans was very matter of fact.
“We try not to expect anything. Every team is different whether they played the year before or not. This team is talented enough to do as much as they want. It’s just going to be how the team forms. We lost some good leaders and we have some good leaders returning but it’s going to be how the team meshes as a whole will determine how well or how poorly that we do. So far, they get along really well. They know what’s expected. If they can continue that for the long haul then we’ll have a successful season,” said Evans.
Evans also looked internally when considering who would be the toughest competition they would face this season. “Us. I don’t worry about anybody we play. Our goal is to go out there and play against the game. My biggest concern is how we approach the game and how we compete against the game. Sequatchie will have good athletes. Bledsoe will have good athletes. CCS and Notre Dame are returning to softball this year so they’re an unknown. Signal Mountain has their all-state basketball player/track star playing softball this year so they’re going to be much improved athletically. But our biggest issue is how we handle ourselves,” stated the coach.
Grundy plays at least four games Saturday in the play day at Jasper. Tuesday, they travel to Chattanooga Christian for a 6 p.m. start to the season and to district play. Thursday they travel to Notre Dame for a 5 p.m. opening pitch.
Coach Evans hopes fans will get out and support the Lady Yellow Jackets this season.
“We’re excited about this season. We want people to come out and watch the girls play. If people will come out and watch it, they will fall in love with the sport. It’s basically baseball on crack. It’s a super-fast game that doesn’t have the lulls in the game that baseball does,” said Evans.