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Flying back to the top

By Thomas Sellers Jr.Card Becky Judy

Playing into late May has become kind of a tradition for Brighton Softball.
But teams like Dyer County, Hardin County and Munford have placed stumbling blocks in the Lady Cardinals’ path the past couple of years. Brighton Head Coach Robin Jacobs said the 2014 Lady Cardinals are ready to knock those obstacles out of the way.
“We’re going to try to get to that first-place spot this year,” he said. “Munford is the top dog. We’ve know we’ve got to beat them. Hardin County has a good team. We think we’ve got a good team this year. We’re ready to compete for that top spot.”
Jacobs said to return to the top of District 13-3A, the Lady Cardinal aces have to keep opposing batters under control.
“We’ve got Becky Judy back,” he noted. “Middle of the ways last year, she got hurt. That really put a cramp in our style. Then we’ve got Seeley Layne, a 10th grader, who has really come along. Then we’ll have a couple of freshmen step up and pitch. We’re really happy about our pitching right now.”
Judy is a junk-ball pitcher while Layne likes to blow opponents away with hard pitches with movement.
Run support for the pitchers will start with the bat of senior Ali Christmas. Jacob noted she has been a leaders by example through the preseason.
“I’m really with the way they’re hitting the ball,” Jacobs noted.  “Ali Christmas who has performed every year she’s been here with us. This year we’re going to add Maddy Cox up in there. She’s a very strong young lady. Raygan Huffman is back from knee surgery. People are going to ask, ‘Where has she been?’ She’s going to be a dynamite player for us.
“We’ve got Sam Berryhill who is another good hitter,” he continued. “Then we’ve got Lauren Kinney. She’ll be at second base. Then one of our unsung heroes will be Bridgette Nicholson. She’s a left hand batter and she’s looked good in practice so far this year. We’re real excited about this year.”
Jacobs said what made those past Lady Cardinal teams so successful was chemistry. With the program winning more than 500 games in the past 15 years, Jacobs said the 2014 squad has the makings of being a special group following in the winning tradition.
“I don’t know if we’re really great players,” he acknowledged. “But I know we can count on each other. That will make a lot of difference.
“Our schedule is brutally tough this year,” Jacobs concluded. “And it was intentionally done that way. We’re not looking for a great record at the end of the year. But I think it will pay off when we get to May.”

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