The 2015 Lady Vikings graduated 7 senior starters from last year’s playoff team. The 2016 Lady Vikings will be a young team that has 16 seventh and eighth graders on the roster compared to just three upperclassmen.
Head coach Cee Cee Austin had high praise for her three upperclassmen’s leadership on this year’s team.
“We lost a huge group of seniors last year, so we had to have some other girls step up and be leaders,” said Austin. “Our senior, Madison Carnes has stepped into that role, and she has done a fantastic job. We also have a couple juniors, Leah Jones and Grace Buchanan, who have taken on that leadership role as well.”
This year’s team is a fun team to coach because they work hard and have a good time doing it. Austin speaks about what she like about this team.
“This year we are a very young fresh team,” said Austin. “I am very excited about this group of young ladies. They work hard day in and day out, and give me all they have every time we are playing or practicing.”
Austin continued, “Our girls are very close nit group this year. They feed off of each other and push each other the way a good team is supposed to. We have quite a few pitchers, who are young now, that are having to step up in big roles, but they have accepted that challenge and are pushing each day to improve and get better.”
Having younger players pushing the older players is a good thing for any team because it provides the competition at practice that makes everyone a better player.
“All together we have a young team, my kids are working hard across the board,” said Austin. “I am really impressed with my younger group of 7th and 8th graders, who are pushing my older group hard right now. That is what they are supposed to do.”
The Lady Vikings kick off the season this Saturday when they travel to Falkner for the Falkner Classic Tournament.