October 19, 2006
Cordele - The state high school softball sectionals start Friday. The Crisp County Lady Cougars enter the AAA sectionals in Dublin fresh off a third straight region title. The Cougars goal this year is the same for every team in the tournament: Make it to Columbus.
The Crisp County softball team seems to be peaking at state tournament time. And their coach thinks it all started three weeks ago at the Lowndes Invitational tournament. Head coach Bill Pate said "I think after that weekend was over the girls made up their minds they were going to rebound and finish the season strong."
After losing three of four games in the Lowndes tournament, the Lady Cougars won the region tournament, beating top seed and rival Cairo twice. The Lady Cougars are led strong pitching and great defense.
Pitchers Amanda Pollock and Ashley Holt have both thrown no-hitters this season. Pollock's was a perfect game. But the two aces say it is the defense that makes them look so good.
Ashley Holt said "A pitcher can't do it all. We definitely need our defense."
Amanda Pollock said, "If our defense plays like we know they can then we will definitely do good."
The Lady Cougars can also swing the bats. With a lineup that features Kayla McNeil, Austin Waldrep, Hillary Jacobs, Pollock and Holt. While the Lady Cougars have been tops in their region, the goal is to make it to the elite eight in Columbus.
Their coach says it will take pitching, defense and timely hitting to get to Columbus. "When we have done that, we have been extremely successful against some of the really good teams in the state."
Pollock said "Our seniors are really good leaders and everybody really wants it this year."
Crisp County faces Jackson in the opening round of the AAA south sectionals Friday in Dublin.