The Lady Mavericks middle school softball team is 6-6 for the season, with Coach Doug Perry saying the season has been “pretty good.”
This has been Perry’s third year, and he said that, while the team has struggled, especially with being so young, it has been a fun season.
“We’re a young team. We’ve got a lot of sixth-graders coming up and we’re looking to find players,” he said.
“We’ll only have one eighth-grader next season, which is rare. Clinton had eight eighth-graders, and we just don’t have that block of age.
“My best players this year have been Morgan Perry, Kendall Hubbs, and Kaycee Baldwin, as well as Lily Summers. They’re my best hitters and scorers. I also can’t forget Miranda McKraken. Those have all been my standout players this year.”
Perry said that pitching problems have plagued the team, mostly due to depth issues.
“It has definitely been the most difficult,” he said. “We’ve been one deep in pitching while some other teams have four or five pitchers.
“My daughter, Morgan, has pitched JV and varsity in some games, but she’s only been pitching for about six months. Still, it’s been good improvement.”
Perry said there have been numerous memorable moments this year, despite the difficulties the team has faced.
“We played Horace Maynard, who was ranked number one for a while, to a close game,” he said.
“Our most evenly matched team was probably Claiborne County, where we went up there to play a few games with them on Good Friday and all shared the day with them and had lunch together. That was probably our best day. We all had a good day.”