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Lady Bruins hoping to build on solid start

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By Robert Howey

The Lancaster Lady Bruins, much like they finished last spring, are off to a fast start and hope to keep shining on the diamond this season.

The LHS girls, led by third-year head softball coach Kim Perry, captured a district championship and advanced to the Class AAAA Upper State title series last year when they finished 16-14.

This season, the Lady Bruins are off to a roaring start with a 2-0 record with wins over Region III-AAAA foes Nation Ford and Northwestern.

“We have to continue this level of play,” Perry said. “We have to be consistent in our play and be on top of our game.

“We have a tough region and you have to play well each time you take the field,” Perry said. “We don’t have any easy games, but that competition can only make us better.”

The Lady Bruins have a solid cast to bank on this season, including two players who have signed scholarships to play at the next level – pitcher Katy Ghent and third baseman Claire Brown.

Both players, who are returning all-region selections, have signed to play at Columbia College.

Ghent received the Highest Batting Average Award last spring after hitting .425, while Brown was presented the Highest Fielding Award for her solid defensive play.

Ghent will handle the LHS pitching chores, with junior returnee Morgan Cope also slated to help the pitching staff.
Brown, with her solid glove, will be at third base.

Junior Elizabeth Gaston, the Coaches Award recipient last season, will handle the catching duties.

Kailee Glover, an eighth grader, will be at first base, but has been sidelined with an injury in a scrimmage game during the preseason. Glover won the Junior Lady Bruins Coaches Award last season.

Ariana Ealy, an eighth grader who won the MVP on the Junior Lady Bruins team last season, will work at first base and draw duty in the pitching circle.

Kaela Robinson, a sophomore who started in the LHS outfield last season, has moved to second base. Ashley Abbott, a seventh grader, will be at shortstop.

In the outfield, Aliyah Davis, a junior returnee, will be in left field, with senior Pagan Glenn in center field and Jada Ames, an eighth grader, in right field.

Freshman Karlie Hammond will be in left field, while Savannah Revels will provide depth in right field.

“The key for this team is teamwork,” said Perry. “We have to continue to work hard and be determined. We have to believe in our teammates because we have young players in key positions."

“I really like this team because they have put in the hard work since we started working together in November,” Perry said. “We’re pleased with our start, but we have to keep it going. This region is tough and we want to finish in the top two and earn a home playoff berth.”

Perry is assisted by veteran aide Ricky Brown. Robert Belk is the junior varsity coach and he’s assisted by Joey Ghent.

A highlight of the LHS season is the first Lady Bruins’ alumni softball game to be played March 23.

“We have a good group of former coaches and players who are going to participate and be a part of the tradition they have established,” Perry said. “We’ve been pleased with the response. We’re looking forward to it and we feel it will be a good time.”