Lady Mavs must get over ‘hump’

The Anderson County Softball Lady Mavericks regular season has come to an end.

The Lady Mavs (25-15, 9-5) had a rough month, and went 9-11 during April.

For Anderson County, it is likely bittersweet that April is over. Bitter, because the senior class is that much closer to the end of their Anderson County careers, and the season is coming to an end. Yet, sweet, because of how April treated them, and the fact that the Lady Mavs, like everyone else, enter May and the post-season with a clean slate.

However, Anderson County’s 9-5 District 3-AAA record was good, and locked up the third seed for the district tournament. The Lady Mavs will face Knoxville Central, the six seed, on Thursday, May 2, at 6:00.

If they win: Anderson County will advance to play the Oak Ridge/Powell winner, Wednesday at 8:00.

If they lose: Anderson County will face the loser of the Oak Ridge/Powell game, in an elimination contest.

While the Lady Mavs should not have any issues with the Lady Bobcats, there is one concern: Anderson County must get over the hump.

What is “the hump?” For Anderson County, over the course of this season, “the hump” is ranked teams.

This season, against ranked teams via, the Lady Mavs are 6-11, and five of their six wins over ranked opponents came in March.

Again, this Anderson County softball team is extremely talented. Offensively and defensively, this County softball team is extremely talented. Offensively and defensively, this team has all the tools in the shed.

Yet, in regular season district play, Anderson County went 0-4 against Powell, and the two teams could meet up after first round wins, in the district tournament.

Also, the Lady Mavs also went 0-2 against the other powerhouse, Halls.

Most importantly, here is the bottom line: this is your wake up call, May is here. The last two months do not matter.

Now, only one thing matters, winning. Survive and advance. Play for the seniors. Win to reach the goal that was set in pre-season. Win to hang a banner. No matter the opponent, in the words of the late Al Davis, “Just win baby.”