Solid defense has been one of the reasons the Winder-Barrow High School softball team has earned five wins in the early portion of the 2013 season, two of which have been against Region 8-AAAAA foes.
The Lady Bulldoggs, despite their youthful makeup this fall, have already enjoyed success and hope it will continue as the season progresses.
“We are playing well defensively,” coach Monty McClure said. “We’ve had one bad inning. Overall, our defense has been solid and has helped us enjoy some success.”
WBHS has three freshmen playing significant roles this season including Cathleen Nugue, Ansley Johnson and T.K. Sauls. Nugue, in additon to work in the infield, has been one of the team’s top pitchers along with Erin Harbin.
“They are getting used to this level of play,” McClure said of the freshmen team members.
There are areas McClure would like to see his team improve on including hitting and pitching.
“No coach is ever completely satisfied with his pitching I suppose,” McClure said. “However, ours has not hurt us in any games. We would like to hit the softball a little better. Our offense is something we’d like to improve on.”
The key to success in the region this fall will be pitching, the WBHS coach said.
“Anytime you have good pitching, you are going to be there and be able to compete,” McClure said. “Heritage probably has the inside track for first, but Loganville is going to be tough and Becca Meade will always give Apalachee a chance to win. If we play well, we can be there too. We have to continue to do the little things right.”