Yazoo County’s regular season begins Monday, which means this past week was used to fine tune the Lady Panthers’ fundamental skills. After three winnings seasons, Yazoo County has its sights set on the playoffs.Freshman Katrina Hall gets in a few warm up throws before the Lady Panthers’ daily practice this past week. Hall, who had nearly 100 strikeouts last season, will be Yazoo County’s ace pitcher during the regular season.By TAYLOR MITCHELL
For the past three seasons, the Yazoo County softball team has finished with a record above .500, but have been on the outside of the playoffs looking in. However, this year may be the year the Lady Panthers make that breakthrough.
With a dominant pitcher, solid defense and a change in the playoff format all play a role in Yazoo County being counted as a potential playoff member.
“Last year we were one game away from the playoffs,” Lady Panthers head coach Grant Andrews said. “If we get a couple hits against Cleveland at home, we probably win that game and are tied with Cleveland for second in the district.”
Prior to this season, only the top two teams from each district made it into the playoffs. This year, though, the format has changed to include a third team from each district. Andrews believes, at worst, his team can be that third team.
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