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SPRING SPORTS PREVIEW: Veteran Lady Cats ready to pounce in 2018

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The 2018 Lady Cats softball team pictured are, top row from left, Danielle Holley, Mariah Farris, Riley McCollough, Kelsey Thomas, Haley Brown and Hope Mynard. Bottom row, from left, are Hannah Mynard, Katie Dennis, Emily Holland and Hailey Wyatt.



Posted: Friday, February 9, 2018 9:59 am
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Updated: 10:03 am, Fri Feb 9, 2018.

SPRING SPORTS PREVIEW: Veteran Lady Cats ready to pounce in 2018

By Josh Boutwell
sports@southeastsun.com

The Southeast Sun

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The 2018 version of the Enterprise Lady Cats softball team is littered with veteran senior leaders and that leadership could lead to a special season.

The Lady Cats boast six returning seniors, all big contributors a year ago, and second-year Enterprise coach Mollie Mitchell hopes those leaders will build a solid core for an even more successful season than her first in 2018.

“We return a lot of our starters from last year,” Mitchell said. “So, I’ll be looking for them for leadership and to guide the way. They know our expectations and what we’re working for.”

Those seniors are Hannah Mynard, Hope Mynard, Shelby Kyser, Katie Dennis, Mariah Farris and Hailey Wyatt.

“Hannah Mynard is our only returning pitcher and her sister Hope is returning as a catcher and a clutch RBI hitter for us,” Mitchell said. “I think (all those seniors) will be the foundation and core of our team.

“We’ve been talking a lot about attacking every day and getting better each and every day, and if we do that I think it’ll pay off for us.”

The seniors depth and talent level is evident by a number of Lady Cats already signing college letters-of-intent to play at the next level.

Hannah Mynard is already signed to play her college softball career at Shelton State, while Hope Mynard signed with Wallace-Dothan and Dennis signed with Enterprise State Community College.

According to Mitchell, the Lady Cats’ biggest strength may also be their biggest weakness, too.

“I think one of our biggest strengths is that we are very versatile, but it may also be our biggest weakness, too,” Mitchell said. “We have a lot of kids that can play a lot of different positions. So, finding that right lineup where everyone is in their best place for the team is a key.”

Many of Mitchell’s “jack of all trades” players can play multiple positions, which will be a big advantage in the case of injury or sickness, but it will also be paramount for the Lady Cats to fight the right spot for each player to be successful as a team.

“Almost everyone on the team can play up to three different positions,” Mitchell stated. “We just have to find the strongest lineup to matchup against our opponents to make sure we give ourselves the best chance for success.”

The Lady Cats will start the season on Feb. 19 on the road against Charles Henderson and then again on the road against Rehobeth on Feb. 22 before traveling to Phenix City for Central-Phenix City’s tournament from Feb. 23 through Feb. 24.

The Lady Cats again hit the road on Feb. 27 for a matchup with rival Dothan before finally making it home for games against Class 7A, Area 3 foe R.E. Lee on March 1 and Headland on March 6.

Enterprise travels to Montgomery for an area matchup with Jeff Davis on March 8 and then heads to Wetumpka for another tournament from March 9 through March 10.

Enterprise hosts area foe Prattville on March 13 and travels back to Phenix City for a matchup with Central on March 15 before hosting Northview on March 19.

The Lady Cats will travel to area foe R.E. Lee on March 22 and host Smiths Station on March 23 before capping off March with a trip to Gulf Shores for the Third Annual Gulf Coast Classic from March 26 through March 28.

Enterprise will host area foe Jeff Davis on April 5 and then host the EHS Softball Tournament from April 6 through April 7.

The Lady Cats travel to area foe Prattville on April 10 and then Northview on April 12. The Lady Cats will host travel to Northview on April 13 for the Northview Softball Tournament through April 14.

Enterprise hosts Auburn on April 19 and heads to Hoover for the Hoover Classic from April 20 through April 21.

April 24 will be the final regular season game of the season, a home matchup with Geneva before the Area Tournament begins on May 2 and goes through May 4.


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