By Jameson Thompson
The Lady Arrows softball team is having a very solid season. Head Coach Karla White, in her sixth year of coaching, has helped the Lady Arrows to a 9-6-1 overall record, with a record of 2-3 in division play. The Arrows started off their season with a loss to the Florence Eagles with a score of 11-4.
“We’re competing very strong and very well,” said White. “We have played some really good teams, but I also believe we are a good team.”
The Lady Arrows are a very young team, with only one senior and three eighth graders starting on a roster of fourteen players.
“I enjoy having a young group of girls,” said White. “They come in ready to work to get better each and every day, which makes my job enjoyable.”
White says that being a coach not only allows you to see your players grow up as athletes, but also as individuals. White enjoys helping to mentor and grow her players on and off the field.
“I love seeing the transformation of my girls from when they are seventh graders in middle school all the way to high school – and on to college, as well,” said White.
For a lot of these players, softball has been a huge part of their life since a very young age. This was no exception for sophomore catcher Olivia Rees.
“I started playing when I was three,” said Rees. “I fell in love with the sport quickly. I continued to work and get better every chance I get.”
Softball is a very humbling sport; players say that sometimes they feel as if they are on top of the world, and sometimes they feel as if they have no idea what to do.
Rees is very passionate when talking about how her teammates help motivate her throughout the rough times: “My teammates are always there to pick me up, whether I’m in a slump or if I’m just having a bad game in general. It always feels good when I know I have teammates to pick me up and motivate me at all times.”
Senior shortstop Sierra McKinley expressed how she felt about playing in her last games of her high school career.
“I have enjoyed playing high school softball,” said McKinley. “When I graduate, I know I am going to miss my teammates. They are a second family to me. Getting to know my teammates and supporting them has also been an experience that I am glad to have had.”
The Arrows’ regular season started in February and is scheduled to conclude in April in a non-district game against the Brandon Bulldogs. The Lady Arrows are hoping to end their season on a positive note before the start of their playoffs, which will give them a shot at the 6-A state title.