With the Somerset Lady Jumpers holding the best softball record in the 12th Region, and Pulaski just six days removed from a massive mutiny – nobody expected much of a game.
With Somerset having consistent hitters all the way through their line-up, and Pulaski having just acquired some new players who had never played a single organized softball game – most everyone expected a ‘blowout’.
However, the ‘New’ Lady Maroons showed no signs of a letdown and gave the powerful Lady Jumpers all they could handle on Tuesday.
In fact, the Lady Maroons put runners in scoring positions in the second, third and fourth innings – and nearly broke the game wide open in the fourth with the bases loaded and their top lead-off hitter Taryn Davis on deck.
With Taryn Davis, Krystin Wilson, Eva Gover, Haley Baugh and Brianna Smith the only five players from the original Lady Maroons’ roster, first-year coach Brad Gover and first-year athletic director Brian Miller took to the Pulaski County High School hallways in search of some softball players.
But what they found was a collection of gifted athletes, who had pride in their school and the willingness to pick up a new sport.
First off, Gover was joined in the coaching boxes by one of the all-time great Lady Maroons softball player – former all-state Pulaski pitcher/catcher Jessica Randolph Richards – who pitched in to help coach the ‘New” Lady Maroons.
Lady Maroon basketball players Eulah Perkins, Lindsey Anderson, McKenzie McCollum and Makayla Montgomery – along with Taylor West – stepped up to help out their fellow Lady Maroons.
And while most of these new Lady Maroons softball players had little experience on the dirt diamond, they were still able to compete with one of the best softball teams in the region.
Perkins, who has been a mainstay post player for the Lady Maroons basketball teamand is the current Class AAA indoor shot put state champ, was more than happy to help her teammates. In fact, Perkins had two base hits in her first-ever varsity softball game
“I will still be competing in track meets and play softball,” Perkins said.
As expected, the ‘New’ Lady Maroons made some mistakes and had a few mental errors, but considering the fact that they were thrown on the field in their first game with one of the best teams in the region in a cross-town rivalry district game – the ‘New’ Lady Maroons will be just fine come late May.
And don’t be surprised if the ‘New’ Lady Maroons pull off a few upsets along the way.