By Thomas Sellers Jr.
The streak of State appearances came to an end last May for the Munford Lady Cougars.
Head Coach Glenn Goulder guided his team to four straight trips to Murfreesboro until the Houston Lady Mustangs put an end to that in the 2015 Sub-State round.
“I definitely think they’re hungry,” Goulder said. “They want to go back to State. Of course that’s the goal from day one.”
If the Lady Cougars are to return to Murfreesboro, senior hurler and UT-Martin signee Sam Scott will be a key focal point. She will be featured in the third or fourth spot in the batting order. But her main task will be taking on the top competitors from the circle.
“Sam is stronger than I’ve ever seen her before,” Goulder said. “She’s got more life on her fastball. She’s worked in her screwball and curveball real well. I think she can be real, real strong.”
Scott will be firing pitches into the mat of freshman Maddie Rittinger.
Rittinger won’t be the only change in the middle of the infield for Munford.
“Kelsey Frizzell will move from second base to shortstop,” Goulder noted. “She did a great job for us at second. So I think she’ll be real, real steady at short. Second base is now a real question for us. We’ve got two kids who are battling it out in Kelsey Smith and Sarah Shepard.”
As for the outfield, the Lady Cougar in the center of the action will be the speedy Amber Alverson. The corner of the Munford infield will feature Scott at first base on non-pitching days. Freshman Ali Gover will step into the role when Scott in tossing from the circle. Third base will feature Makayla Pugh.
“We’re getting more comfortable on defense,” Goulder said. “We’re getting a feel of what we’ve got.”
Joining Alverson in the outfield will be the likes of MaKenzie Pugh, Jade Welch and Kelsey Moss.
No matter how well the defense plays, the Lady Cougars will need to produce runs in order to win in a very tough District 13-3A.
“We’ve got to hit the ball,” Goulder acknowledged. “We struggled last year with our offense. We have started off this year real well offensively. If we can come around, we’re getting better. We need to hit the ball with some consistency. If we do that, we’ll do well because we’ve got real good pitching.”
Real good pitching is featured throughout District 13-3A with Dyer County, Hardin County and Brighton’s Seeley Layne.
“She’s very good,” Goulder said of the Brighton ace. “I just hoping we can get out of the district. That’s our goal right now. Brighton is really, really good. Dyer County will be strong. They’re going to be solid like last year. Hardin County might be down just a little bit. But it’s going to be hard just getting out of the district.”