2012-08-15 / Sports

Lady Bears swing into softball season

By David Stembridge

Burke County High School’s softball team, coached by Lee Smoak and assistant coaches Alicia Thompson and Stephanie Collins, started their season last week with the Glascock Invitational tournament. The Lady Bears picked up their first win of the season among the four games played.

Winning pitcher Amber Hill led the team to defeat Dublin in their third game 11-1 and begins the season with a 1-2 record. The Lady Bears dropped 3 games, including losses to Glascock 6-3 and Johnson County 15-0, but fought hard in the final game losing 7-6. They managed to finish as runners up in the tournament.

Assistant Coach Thompson was overall enthusiastic about the Lady Bears’ debut performance. “We made some big position moves in the infield and finally found a solid spot for each girl,” she said. “Overall, we were pleased with our offensive standing in this tournament and saw some excellent bunting from a couple girls. We are obviously only going to continue to improve as a team.”

Leading hitters for the weekend were Hill, who went 4 for 10 with multiple RBIs, and Alexus Gordon, who hit 6 for 11 and was a constant threat from the leadoff position in the lineup.

This is Coach Smoak’s first year coaching the Lady Bears, and he is excited to have the opportunity to build and shape the nature of the softball program and take it in a new direction. Immediate goals are to encourage a firm foundation in the basics of the game and a winning team mentality. He’d also like to create a renewed interest in participation at the junior varsity level.

“I’m doing my best to turn this softball program around and put it on the map,” he said.

The Lady Bears played Jenkins County on Tuesday but results were not available at press time. They will host Glascock County on Thursday at 5 p.m. as their home opener.

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