Before the conclusion of the three-week summer live period last week, the GHS softball team managed to squeeze in a few scrimmages against some local opponents.
On Wednesday, July 19th the Lady Cats played a doubleheader against Tucker County and the next day they played two more games against Preston.
Although keeping score isn’t the top priority in scrimmages, Grafton head coach Tyler Cox was still pleased with his team’s effort and execution.
“I thought we played really well,” said Cox. “We were playing games but in scrimmage situations. It wasn’t really a game mode for us, it was more like a learning mode. We moved some girls around and had them playing in different positions to see who could do what. We were able to bat everybody and they got a lot of plate appearances. We try to keep them in pressure situations now so they can learn when it doesn’t really count.”
When asked about the makeup of his team this season, Cox added, “We don’t have any seniors this year. We have three sophomores, six juniors, and three freshmen. With the freshmen, it will be like having sophomores by the time the season comes around because they have been playing a lot of ball this summer.”
The players involved in the scrimmages were freshmen Kayleigh Spiker, Eva Jones, and Addie Tucker. The sophomores included Frederique Maloley, Amber Smith, and Gracen Purkey, while the juniors included Mia Chambers, Aubree Collins, Katie Tucker, Ashlyn Zbosnik, Haley Phillips, and Olivia Shaver.
Two more sophomores on the team had prior commitments and were unable to participate.
“I would like to thank all of our parents for all that they do for our team,” Cox went on to say. “A special thank you goes out to Andrea Chambers, Jackie Collins, and Vonda Reneman for organizing and serving food for the teams between the games and the for the entire crowd that attended the games on both days.”
“I would also like to thank Eric Smith for umpiring both days. Each day was over four and a half hours on the field and he did it all. I also want to thank Gary Chambers, Chris Collins, Eddie Morgan, and everyone that helped get the field ready to play. There are a lot of moving parts to putting on games and we couldn’t have done it without everyone’s help,” he added. “I greatly appreciate all that our parents, grandparents, and friends of softball do for our team.”