The Apalachee High School softball team has found itself in the upper tier of the Region 8-AAAAA standings.
Entering this week, the Lady Wildcats were 5-1 against region foes with games remaining against Salem and Loganville.
AHS and Loganville both had one loss and their matchup later this week will be for the No. 2 seed for the upcoming 8-AAAAA tournament.
Heritage will be the No. 1 seed for the upcoming region tournament having already defeated AHS and LHS.
Strong pitching and timely offense have been keys for the Lady Wildcats in region play this fall. Becca Meade continues to shine on the pitcher’s mound for AHS. While an underclassman, she has been one of the team’s leaders along with seniors Haley Davis, Kelsie Herbert, Lindsey Smith and Kaitlin Painter.
“When we played Heritage, I don’t think Becca was at her best yet,” coach Mike Cavey said. “At that time, we were still finding out who we were as a team. We had some young players and we were trying to figure out who could play well.”
Cavey, in fact, shuffled the lineup early in the season trying to find that right combination for his team.
Some of the surprises this season have been sophomore Mia Giddens and freshman Holly Janco. Savannah Clark has been steady defensively at first base for AHS.
In addition to Meade’s performance, which her coach describes as “lights out,” the Lady Wildcats have received quality efforts on the pitcher’s mound from Sara Henson and Allison Cole.
“Offensively, we are getting runners on base and that always give you a chance to put pressure on the opposing defense,” Cavey said. “If the defense has to make plays then eventually you will be able to take advantage of some mistakes. That’s what we did against Winder-Barrow last week (a 14-4 win). Plus, we are getting some good hits so that gives you even more of a chance.”
In a final effort to help his team prepare for the upcoming region tournament, Cavey scheduled a game with undefeated Madison County Sept. 28 in Danielsville.
“It’s nice to see the players enjoy success,” Cavey said. “It shows them if you work hard then good things will happen. This is something we’ve been building toward in recent seasons.”