High school coaches often talk about the importance of their team “getting hot at the right time.”
That was the case for the Winder-Barrow High School fast-pitch softball team last fall. The Lady Bulldoggs, coached by Monty McClure, made a run deep into the playoffs, a result of getting hot at the right time.
Now McClure and his team are back for a new season and the coach sees potential, despite the overall young makeup of the squad.
“We started several freshmen last year and we will have several in the lineup this fall,” McClure said. “However, we have good, athletic players. With a young team you are always concerned with consistency. These girls are great to coach. They do everything you ask. We’ve had a great summer in preparing for the new season.”
Cathleen Nugue will be the team’s No. 1 pitcher for 2014 and will be backed up by Alexis Berry and Megan Garrett.
“We still have a lot to figure out,” said McClure. “We will try and use our early-season tourmaments to figure some things out. We want to let the girls get used to facing this level of competition. They have seen some of the opposing players in travel ball. We will need timely hitting and pitching in order to do well this season.”