|EMCC hosts defending state champs Co-Lin Wednesday in softball opener|
Doubleheader action is set to begin at 2 p.m. on the EMCC Softball Field.SCOOBA – Coming off the program’s first state softball tournament appearance since 2002, the Lady Lions of East Mississippi open up their 2010 softball campaign by playing host to two-time defending state champion Copiah-Lincoln Wednesday afternoon on the Scooba campus.
Head coach Kate Neely returns only two players – pitcher Courtney Nunn and outfielder Portia Randle – from last year’s 24-23 EMCC squad. Finishing third in the MACJC’s North Division standings with a 15-9 league record a year ago, the Lady Lions closed out the 2009 campaign winning 10 of their last 13 decisions on the year.
“We managed to achieve some goals last season,” Neely noted. “It was a good experience for us to taste that success and allow the players to gain some confidence.”
A sophomore right-hander from Jonesboro, La., Nunn went 10-12 in the circle a year ago for the Lady Lions, while ranking among the national leaders with 156 strikeouts. Randle, a Starkville High School product, saw considerable action in the EMCC outfield as a freshman.
The 2010 Lady Lions feature 14 first-year players on their preseason roster, including Cayla Coleman of Clarkdale, New Hope’s DeShuni Sanders, Mallory Pace of Northeast Lauderdale, and Choctaw Central’s Mercedes Cotton.
“Overall, we have a great freshman class,” Neely added. “We have brought in some needed speed and have added some kids who can play small ball.”
Having received votes in this year’s NJCAA Division II Women’s Softball preseason poll, the East Mississippi softball team will remain at home to play host to Pearl River on Tuesday, Feb. 16, before finishing out the remaining month of February on the road.
|Last Updated ( Tuesday, 09 February 2010 )|
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