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Sasser puts defensive stamp on team

Steve Sasser sincerely believes in defense. His Enterprise LadyYellow Jackets are recognized for their outstanding play on defenseand that effort had helped them win back-to-back Division 7-1Aslowpitch softball championships.

Sasser’s success has earned him The Daily Leader’sSlowpitch Softball Coach of the Year honors for the 2000-01campaign. His Lady Jackets finished 20-8 last season. They lost toBiloxi Mercy Cross 6-2 and 5-2 in the second round of the stateplayoffs after beating Sebastopol in the opening round. Mercy Crossadvanced to the Final Four and won the state title.

“Our girls play pretty good defense,” said Sasser. “We stressdefense a lot in practice. We won a lot of close, low-scoring gamesby one or two runs.”

This was the third year for Sasser to coach the Enterprisesoftball team. He also coached the baseball team.

Sasser, 45, is a 1973 Bogue Chitto graduate. He was a starshortstop at Copiah-Lincoln Community College and William CareyCollege. He won all-state honors at Co-Lin and was an NAIAall-region selection in at Carey.

“We lost six seniors off of last year’s team so we really didn’tknow how well we would do,” said Sasser, looking back on thecampaign. “We didn’t have any seniors (only two juniors) on thisyear’s team so we are looking forward to next season.”

Enterprise, recognized as the largest Class 1A school inMississippi, will face two new opponents in Division 7-1A thisfall, Natchez Cathedral and Vicksburg St. Aloysius. “Our divisionshould be stronger,” predicted Sasser.

Sasser said one of the keys to his team’s success is anoffseason mini camp. “We run a minicamp from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Webreak it up into sessions. We work on offense, defense and liftingweights.”

According to Sasser, assistant coach Jill Nations has been amajor asset to his team’s success. “I really appreciate the helpCoach Nations provides. She’s a very dedicated coach.”

Sasser majored in secondary education at William Carey. He ismarried to the former Gail Gatlin of Bogue Chitto and they have twochildren; Heather, 21, a University of Southern Mississippistudent; and Scott, a 16-year-old sophomore this fall atEnterprise. They are members of Montgomery Baptist Church.

Sasser will coach slowpitch this fall and fastpitch next spring.Scott Leggett is taking over the Enterprise baseball program fromSasser and Adam Moak will serve as an assistant baseball coach.

In his spare time, Sasser enjoys deer hunting.