September 5, 2007
Albany - Dougherty County schools have been playing catch up since the Georgia High School Association moved from slow to fast pitch softball.
The Westover Lady Patriots though are closing the gap.
The Lady Patriots are 8-4 this season and 3-0 in Region 1-AAA.
Two of those region wins came at Crisp County and Cairo who are the perennial powerhouses in the race for the region crown.
Westover coach Steve Bowers says a big reason for Westover's continued improvement is the middle school program that swithced to fast pitch softball three years ago.
The successful start has the Lady Patriots believing they can win the region title but the coach knows his team will have to work harder and play even better.
Steve Bowers said 'And it was exciting to beat Cairo and Crisp (county). They are our old nemesis. They usually wear us out. This time we were able to jump on them early this year but we still have to play them again."
Senior captain Maggie Reed said "It shows we are a bigger and better team. It shows that we can help each other and it just shows we can beat everybody that we play."
Westover plays Dougherty tomorrow at five at Highland Park.