By Tim Chambers
A monster schedule put together by head coach Greg Reece is likely to have the JCMS’ softball team armed and dangerous by tournament time. But it’s already started paying dividends in the early going.
The Longhorns played well on Friday after two early losses to powerhouses T.A. Dugger and Ridgeview. It began with a 15-4 road win over Bluff City.
The Longhorns are expected to be one of the frontrunners for the league championship along with Cloudland. Reece is counting on several key players to lead them to the title.
“We’ve got a good mix of seventh and eighth graders,” said Reece. “We don’t have a lot of seventh graders but the ones we do have will see a lot of playing time on the varsity. Several of our kids have played travel ball which helps. We’re not sure where we are as a team right now, but I feel like we are making strides to become pretty good.”
Hannah Brooks will handle the bulk of the pitching. She’s also one of the area’s top hitters. Last season Brooks belted six homers and led the team in RBIs.
Alexis Hendley gets the nod at third base but can handle multiple positions.
“She plays third as good as anyone that I’ve ever had,” said Reece. “She is also a good consistent contact hitter.”
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