Lady Tigers ready to take field
The Green Forest softball team starts its season on Friday with a home game against Melbourne and coach Ryan Whetham is excited for the Lady Tigers to take the field.
"We have some ninth-graders who I think will help," Whetham said. "They are looking to get some playing time. And then we have had some upperclassmen who have been with us the last two or three years. And that's going to help. We look to be a little better just because those upperclassmen have got to play a bunch the last couple years."
Among the freshmen that Whetham hopes will be able to help out are Katie Underdown, Whitney Andreski, Maddie Youngblood and her twin sister Gracie.
"Gracie pitches and Maddie is the catcher," Whetham said. "That's a good tandem there. Whitney Andreski and Katie Underdown have both been having some good practices. I think those freshmen are really going to help us out in some way or another."
Players such as Rachael Evans, Ashley Farrar, Kiara Taylor and Trinity McMahan all return.
"I am looking for good things from Kiara Taylor and Trinity McMahan in terms of pitching," Whetham said. "Those are our two returning pitchers. We have pitchers. Gracie will probably be my day one starter. She has been with me since January. Kiara and Trinity haven't got to throw as much, so I am going to hold them for another week or two before I throw them into the fire."
Whetham said the weather has made it difficult on his team to practice.
"Since Jan. 15, we have only had maybe seven practices on the field where we have been able to field ground balls and have an organized practice," Whetham said. "There have been days where it's been too cold. We have had to go to the gym and just throw or get in the outfield or in the cage. But as far as on the field and taking ground balls, it's been pretty few and far between."
First pitch is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.