By Austin Bishop
Second-year Eupora High School head fast-pitch softball coach Kaley Harris didn’t exactly see what she wanted from her team in last weekend’s jamboree, but she also knows there is plenty of time before her Lady Eagles hit the most important part of their schedule.
“We made a lot of errors,” Harris said. “A lot of that is because we just haven’t been able to get on the field to practice because of the weather. That’s something we think will work itself out as we get into the season.”
The Lady Eagles don’t begin league play until visiting Bruce on March 25. Between now and then are three tournaments and four regular-season games. “That will give us plenty of time to see where we are and how far we have come,” she said.
Eupora is set to open the regular season this Saturday when they take part in the Winona Classic. EHS faces Charleston at 3:15 p.m. and then closes the day against host Winona at 5 p.m.
The Lady Eagles visit Grenada on Monday, before hosting Choctaw County on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. and then taking part in the East Webster Tournament on March 8.
Two of the players Harris is looking for to lead the way for her Lady Eagles are Jalisa Bell and Kaitlin Burton. “They are my two seniors,” she said. “Both of them play in the outfield, so that really helps us out there.”
Getting most of the work in the circle will be Sidney Bailey and Delta Claire Newman.
She said the girls are all still battling for positions on the infield. “They really don’t have a set spot,” she said. “All of that is up in the air.”
Among those expected to most definitely be in the field are Hannah McDowell and Courtney Hatcher. Harris said she is also counting on the speed of Marlee Ray and Savannah Kilpatrick to help generate some offense,
Region foes for Eupora will be East Webster, Bruce and Calhoun City.