By Thomas Sellers Jr.
ARLINGTON — The 2013 TSSAA softball season started the week of March 11 across the state of Tennessee.
And it’s been hard for teams in West Tennessee like the Brighton Lady Cardinals to squeeze in games between rain storms, winter advisories and sub-freezing temperatures. On March 26 Brighton Head Coach Robin Jacobs was relieved to get in a junior varsity doubleheader with the Bolton Lady Wildcats.
“The weather has been bad for us right now,” Jacobs noted. “We should have had about 8 games now. But we’ve got in four and we’re 3-1 right now.
“We’ve played some good teams in Mississippi, then we had a break,” he continued. “We had some other games get canceled that we needed to play. So we’re hoping to get it straight in the next couple of weeks.”
At Bolton the blue, sunny sky disguised 40-degree conditions as Lady Cardinal Seeley Layne got in some work agianst the Lady Wildcat JV squad. Layne was dominant displaying some of the skills that helped her pick up her first varsity win in Mississippi.
Jacobs said Layne and senior hurler Laura Judy have been solid from the rubber. And that was just one phase working in the favor of the Lady Cardinals throughout March.
“We’ve looked really good, Jacobs said. “Our defense has been really good and the pitching has been pretty good. The game we lost was a 2-1 game. They only got two hits, a single and home run. We played really well. Right now, we’re good where we’re at right now.”
The offense had been productive for Brighton with Jacobs moving Freed-Hardeman signee Haley Craig to eighth in the batting order to provide a spark.
“All the way through has looked good,” the veteran skipper noted. “We expected that because they’re a year older and as the competition gets better, hopefully they’re going to improve too. Hopefully as the weather gets better, they’ll get to see better pitching. The teams will get better and we’ll have a tough test this week.
“We’re trying to spread our hitting out,” Jacobs added. “And she’s done a good job of getting on base. Morgan Shaver has done really good. From No. 6 down, they’ve all been solid. I’m hoping one through nine continues to do well. Sometimes you have to do some things to shake things up.”
Jacobs is hoping one the weather heats up, his team continues to get hot with hitting, defense and pitching.
“It’s still early and the season’s young,” he concluded. “We have a really tough part of our schedule coming up, so we’re anxious to get into that.”