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George confident about LHS softball

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By The Staff

Lancaster High School softball coach Shawanda George said she feels the Lady Bruins can improve on their 8-8 diamond mark of last season and be in the thick of the Conference III-AAAA race.“We’re a young team, but we see a lot of potential in these girls,” said George. “It’s a good group and it’s a matter of them coming together as a team.”Junior pitcher Courtney Cauthen, who won the team’s Coaches Award last season, is back for the Lady Bruins to handle the duties inside the circle.Senior McKenzie Humphries is at catcher where Elizabeth Jeffers, a senior, can also see action.Jeffers will also work at first base. Junior Angela Faile provides depth at first base.Freshman Crystal Cauthen will be at second base, with Cherrell Cousar, a sophomore, holding down third base. Cousar was an all-region softball pick last season for the Lady Bruins.Junior performer Candice Benson will handle shortstop.The Lancaster High outfield has its share of youth, with junior Sarah Amason in left field, Anna Howey, a sophomore, in center field and Porsha McIlwain, a sophomore, in right field.Angel Cox, a freshman, will also see playing time in right field.Amason was named the Best All-Around Player on the LHS junior varsity team last season.George will be assisted by veteran aides Robert Belk and Steve Sinclair.“We still have some work to do, but I feel this is a team which will improve as the season moves on,” George said.She added Clover High School will be the team to beat in Region III-AAAA.“They have all their players back,” George said. “I think they will be strong because they have a veteran team.“Nation Ford will also be a tough team,” she said. “I think we can be right in there, but we have to keep working and improve with each game we play this season.”