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Young Lady Tigers start season strong
by Reggie Ross, Staff Writer
Aug 22, 2013 | 150 views | 0 0 comments | 91 91 recommendations | email to a friend | print
WINONA -- The Winona High Lady Tigers slow pitch softball program has the reputation as one of most dangerous 3A teams.

Veteran coaches Percy Legg and Randy Marchant have proven themselves -- creating one of the most consistent playoff clubs year in and year out.

This season, after losing five powerhouse players, the Lady Tigers are young, but coaches aren't in panic mode and believe this year's teams can be just as dangerous as others in the past.

"We have 19 players out this season, and we like that number," Marchant said. "We're two deep at each position, and that's always good."

The Lady Tigers finished their 2012 fall with 12 wins and a playoff run that ended in the second round in the hands of Nettleton.

Players like Lakin Ables, Desirae Harris, Kelli Huggins and Kelsey Robertson are gone, but Marchant can rely on underclassmen who shared success with others in the past.

"We have one senior on this year's team," Marchant said. "We're very young, but these girls know how to win. We have a few girls that have been around for a long time and know the game."

Mary Hannah Timbs, a sophomore, will do the pitching for the Lady Tigers this season, and Marchant said her ability to throw strikes has been big for the team.

At shortstop, Mary Ashton Thornburg is one of the returning starters from a season ago.

"Mary is a leader on this year's team," Marchant said. "She's one of the three players that saw significant time on the field last year."

MyCala Helms, a seventh grader, will likely see time at short.

Lexie Flowers is a returning starter from a season ago and will play at third, alongside Shelby Ferguson, the lone senior on this year's Lady Tiger squad.

Sophomore Landen Chandler will get the start at second base, and Taylor Grace Hill will play first base. Blake Bond is this year's catcher for the Lady Tigers.

In the outfield, Marchant will use Adrienne Eskridge, Paula Ables and Shelly Hedgepeth in the outfield. Whitney Shaw returns to the Lady Tigers outfield as well.

"She [Shaw] has very good instincts out there," Marchant said. "She's got a very strong arm and sees the ball very well."

The Lady Tigers share a district with five teams in Region 3-3A play; Leflore County, Humphreys County, M.S. Palmer, Charleston and O'Bannon will all compete against the Lady Tigers.

"I like our chances to win the district, and I think we'll have a great season," Marchant said. "These are great group of girls that are having fun out here."

The Lady Tigers have started the season at 1-1. Their latest win came in at 19-9 over Ruleville. The Lady Tigers will host Ethel in Winona today.
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