August 11, 2011

Girls of Summer Ready for Fall Softball Season to Open

Baseball and softball are the traditional past times of summer for area youngsters. The later carries over into the fall for girls in junior high and high school.

Scotland County softball players will be transitioning into school ball after a busy summer.

SCR-I varsity coach Kim Small indicated she had 17 players participate in summer workouts for her program. Under Missouri State High School Activities Association rules, high school coaches can only have 25 contact days with student athletes during summer vacation.

Small tried to use those limited days wisely, scheduling a series of meetings, practices and ball games. The future Lady Tigers took on teams from Clark County, Milan, Schuyler County and Knox County with the idea they will be seeing many of these same players when they get into Tri-Rivers Conference schedule in August and September.

The girls took part in a three-day team camp hosted by coach Small July 27-29 in Memphis.

"I only graduated one senior from last year's team, so we had a lot of familiar faces participating this summer," Small stated.

She also noted that the team is expecting at least six freshmen to be added to the ranks in 2011.

"By and large, all 17 girls took part in all of our summer routine," Small stated. "We also had several girls playing on travel teams across the region."

The group was led by junior Megan Creek and sophomore Bethany Rader, the Lady Tigers two pitchers from last year's squad that finished the year with a 7-8 mark. Several freshmen players also took part in a traveling team that gained valuable experience under the tutelage of coach Chris Harris.

The Lady Tigers will officially take the field for the first time in 2011 when practice opens at 8 a.m. on August 8th. The program is allowed 10 days of pre-season practice prior to the opening day of school.

The season will open at home as SCR-I will take on Highland on Monday, August 22nd.

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