Coach Jeremy Collins and the Lady Red softball team are hard at work this summer getting practice in before the start of the season.
While, the games that take place over the summer don’t count towards overall standings and aren’t even tracked officially the girls are performing well.
The team lost seniors Katie Bunch, Megan Trammel and Lacey Rowe to graduation, of which, all three were offered scholarships.
This provides the opportunity for team to practice after many of them took the winter and spring off from playing softball.
Laken Malone is stepping into her role as the senior pitcher for the team well supported by Mikalle Pair.
Work of Malone’s ability as a pitcher has traveled the rumor mill, as parents from other teams could be overhead before the game.
Not only is this a chance for the team to shake the rust off but a chance for those coming up from JV to find their spot in the team.
Last year the Lady Red went 33-10 and traveled to the state tournament in Oklahoma City, before losing in the first round to Lone Grove who went on to play in the championship.
Summer games started June 6 and kicked off against Quapaw followed by Adair.
Lady Red saw resounding victories in both matches easily taking a lead over both teams early on in their games.
Summer ball wraps up by the end of June and the team will get a month off before the season resumes in early August.
For the 2017 season the first game was against Stilwell on August 7 and while schedules haven’t been released the season should start around the same time of year.
“[The summer season] has been good,” said Collins. “We’ve been missing someone almost every day, so that makes it hard to figure out who is going to play where. We will figure it out in July.”
The girls will start their official practice to prepare for the fall on June 23 and will be working out who will be starting and in what positions.
It’s common for teams to adjust their lineup the first few weeks of a season as players improve or show aptitude in different areas.