Lady Panthers begin softball action Saturday
Pitching and defense will be the keys to victory when the Brookhaven Lady Panthers kick off their fastpitch softball season Saturday in Lawrence County’s jamboree in Monticello.
The Lady Panthers will have two seniors providing leadership in Katherine Shell and Haley Speaks.
“We are excited to get the year started,” said Brookhaven head coach Mandy Vinson. “We should be really good on defense and have speed on the bases.”
The Lady Panthers will be looking to improve on last season’s 18-9 record (2-2 in region).
The Lady Panthers will have six returning starters to help in the field: Shell at pitcher, Speaks at catcher, Tia Bussey at center field, Jada Henderson at left field, Cheyenne Motley at first base and Kat Wallace at second base.
Brookhaven lost two starters to graduation last year: shortstop Katie Grace Culpepper and Julianna Porter at first base. Culpepper signed a softball scholarship to play for the Co-Lin Lady Wolves.
Shell is among the leaders returning who will help the team. She had a .382 batting average in 2015. Bussey provided a .290 batting average, Speaks had a .250, Wallace provided a .211 average, Henderson finished with a .181 average and Motley finished with a .107 average.
The Lady Panthers will be on the road for the first three games before returning for their first home opener against the Franklin County Lady Bulldogs on March 3. The junior varsity game will start at 5 p.m., followed by the varsity game at 6:15 p.m.
Brookhaven Lady Panthers Roster
Katherine Shell, Haley Speaks.
Tia Bussey, Jada Henderson, Cheyenne Motley, Macy Brabham, Destiny Trevillion, Takia Brooks (manager).
Rileigh Allen, Jadeyn Fuller, Madison Thompson.
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Kat Wallace, Marli Peden, Maley Moak.
Lydia Butler, Maddie Miller, Meg Foster, Olivia Devoul.
Brookhaven Lady Panthers Schedule
20-at Lawrence County Jamboree (Seminary-10:50 a.m.; Magee-2:20 p.m.),
27-at West Lincoln Classic
4-at North Pike
11-at Lawrence County
12-at Lawrence County Tournament
19-Ole Brook Tournament
29-at Franklin County
31-at Loyd Star
9-at Loyd Star Tournament
15-at Warren Central
26 & 28-First Round of Playoffs