- Last Updated on 12:22 PM 04/23/12
- BY Doug Ford
With both its rosters set, the Halifax County High School varsity and jayvee softball teams are moving forward with preparations for their respective season-openers. The varsity softball roster includes eight seniors and seven juniors, while the jayvee roster includes five sophomores and six ninth-graders.
“I know 15 is a lot for varsity and I usually don’t keep that many, but we have a good number,” said Comets Head Softball Coach Melanie Saunders.
“With our 15 we have a lot of versatility. “We’re working with about four different pitchers who can do other positions, and we’re working with three catchers who can play other positions.
“We have kids that can change positions four or five times, which is very nice.”
The varsity and jayvee teams are making progress despite limited time on the softball field due to wet weather during tryouts as they prepare for scrimmages against Dan River on Tuesday.
“We’ve still been able to get some conditioning done and some agility, hitting and fielding drills, so you just have to do the best with what you’re given,” explained Saunders.
“Other teams are in the same boat, and we were lucky to get outside a couple of days this week so we could get some live pitching and move kids around on an actual field.”
“We couldn’t even make any cuts until Monday of this week, because of wet field conditions, Saunders noted.
“I think we’re in a good place despite the weather, and we have a scrimmage Tuesday, so that will be good.”
The evaluation process continues, Saunders pointed out.
“We’re looking to put kids in a lot of different positions, and we don’t have a starting lineup right now,” she emphasized.
“The good thing about this group is when you ask them where they play, most all of them say they’ll play anywhere.
“They tell me put me wherever you need me, and that’s a good thing to hear from your kids, that they’re willing to work in places they’re not accustomed to working.
“I told them the positions we have them playing here are the positions we think are best for the team as a whole, rather than as an individual.
“That’s what you have to do at the varsity level, play as a team and not for the benefit of you as an individual.”
“Our 15 kids are hard-working and want to be here,” Saunders added.
“We have a team full of juniors and seniors. It’s always a hard time of the year for seniors with it being toward the end of the school year, and juniors seeing what to do in order to get to that next level with varsity.
“These kids want to be here, want to work hard and do what it takes.”