• Bill Caine, Woodford Sun Sports Editor

WCHS softball looks for continued success

The Lady Jackets softball team is preparing for a new season with a younger and faster lineup. Woodford is coming off of a season when they were regional champions and gained valuable experience at the state tournament. Woodford is ranked 11th in the state pre-season rankings and second in the region.

The Lady Jackets had four players named to the pre- season softball “players to watch” list. Seniors, Peyton Rose and Paige Hampton joined sophomores Abby Moffett and Delaney Enlow on the list.

“This team is very young and unbelievably talented,” said WCHS Coach Les Anderson. “I am really excited about our speed. This team is different than any team I've coached in the last 10 years because we are loaded with speed. Overall, we are just a very athletic team that is very flexible in where we can play on the field and how we approach the game.”

Woodford will look to use their speed on the basepaths to pressure their opponents into making mistakes. The speed will also be handy defensively when they will be pitching to contact.

“There will be some growing that we will have to do on the field, but I am confident in the athleticism that we have,” said Anderson. “Consider a girl like Tatum (Wimberly), she's never played third base before, but she's working hard and we are confident in her skills that she will step in there and give us a solid performance each time out. So many young kids are trying new things for us so it's exciting to see it all play out.”

Woodford has a young but talented pitching staff this season. Last season the Lady Jackets had a pair of seniors on their staff that now play softball at the collegiate level. Freshman Claire Lehmkuhler, eight-grader Liz Edwards and junior Leea Cole will be pitchers this season.

“Lehmkuhler is incredible,” said Anderson. “I am blown away by how much she has developed in the last year or so. She has a variety of pitches and throws really hard. We just now want to see how that translates into a game environment but we think she has potential to be great for us. Leea Cole will be a big part of what we want to do. I made a point to have a variety of options for this team and I think she can step in for us if someone gets winded or just for a change of pace after a hard throwing starter. But Leea is a key player for sure.

“We have Edwards joining us from eight grade and she is a fireballer. She throws that ball hard and can really move the ball. When she comes back at you with the off speed stuff, she's gonna make some knees bend.”

The Lady Jackets will play a tough schedule this season with matchups against every preseason top-10 team in the state in class 3A. Woodford opens their season with a home game against Paul Laurence Dunbar on March 20 at 6 p.m.

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