The Meridian Community College Lady Eagles softball team has a clear goal in mind for the 2019 season. That goal is to make the playoffs. “The goal for this team is to make the MACJC Division 2 playoffs. The only way that we can do that is to stay on task and do what we have worked on since August. This is the hardest working team we’ve had and that says a lot about their effort and character. If they will trust the process and continue to work hard, we will make the playoffs,” said softball head coach Faith Robinson.
The Lady Eagles are returning 8 sophomores for the 2019 season. Leading the way on the mound will be sophomores Kaitlyn Parrish and Hayleigh Rogers. These two sophomores are expected to pace the pitching rotation for the Lady Eagles. Also expected to contribute to that rotation are newcomers Megan Lightcap, Kelsey Patterson, and Alyssa Branyan. All three will also be expected to contribute offensively.
The Lady Eagles also have returning starters in the infield and outfield. Sophomore Miracle Crosby will return in the infield, while Taylor Perriloux returns in the outfield. Some other sophomores are expected to step up this season and assume starting roles. Keirra Fair is expected to start in the outfield and step into the leadoff role. Jada Henderson is expected to play in the outfield and provide a powerful bat in the lineup. Aahliya Jones is slated to start at catcher and has really shown more power at the plate.
The Lady Eagles will also depend on some of the 11 freshmen to step in and contribute immediately. “We lost a sophomore at the Christmas break so we have some key freshmen who will fill roles for us,” said Robinson. Jackie Lahaie, Lauren Ben, and Jaelynn Palmer will all contribute. Additionally, freshmen Tykira Bouldin and Keyara Hinton both add speed to the lineup. “It’s going to be hard for anybody to throw these two out on the basepath,” said Robinson.
“Everybody is important, and we have to get everybody to play their role. If this is the case, then we should be a stronger team this season. Since taking over the MCC program we have missed the playoffs by a handful of games in back to back seasons. The key for this group is to not split series but sweep all the series we are supposed to sweep,” added Robinson.
The softball season gets started on Friday, February 8 with the Lady Eagles participating in the Dothan Invitational Tournament. They will play four games over the weekend before playing a midweek doubleheader against Bevill State. The first home game of the season will be Friday, February 15 against Enterprise State Community College.