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Lady Tigers head into district tournament with 17-7 record

by Coach Michael Scott

(Bottom row left to right- Rheya Langley, Jill Davis, Maycee Barber, Annalyn Meneses, Kinlee Edwards, Carleigh Cook, Marley Barfield, Allison Granados, Abbi Pena, Anna Langley;  Top Row Coach Michael Scott, Jaharra Pennywell, Khloe Johnson, Mallie Tolley, Jayda Sims, Cyianna Smith, KK Fleck, Berklee Neel, Brooklynn Fitzsimmons, Jalynn Copeland Coach Jaren Williams, not pictured Kayden Bailey.)

The Lady Tigers completed the regular season with a 17-7 record going into the district playoffs, a complete 180 from last year’s 4-22 season.  A huge part of the team’s success and growth was the hard work put in by these young ladies in the off season continuing throughout the season. 

The offense was explosive this year with a team average above .300 scoring 222 runs.  Cyianna Smith leads the Tigers with a .419, Jalynn Copeland, Marley Barfield, Kinlee Edwards, Berklee Neel and Allison Granados all surpassing the .300 mark on the year.  Cyianna Smith (34 runs) and Jalynn Copeland (38runs) scored an amazing 72 runs combined. 

The bombers of Blountstown blasted 11 home runs as a team with Copeland and Carleigh Cook leading with 3 apiece. KK Fleck, Mallie Tolley, Cyianna Smith, Allison Granados each added homeruns on the season. Jalynn Copeland, Cyianna Smith and Jaharra Pennywell were a threat on the bases for opposing teams accumulating 49 stolen bases between the 3 speedsters. 

Defensively the Lady Tigers were led by a pitching staff of veteran Carleigh Cook and new comer Brooklyn Fitzsimmons. Behind this pitching staff is a stout defense of Kinlee Edwards on the hot corner and KK Fleck scooping up everything at 1st base. Middle infield did not see many balls get through with the amazing play of Jalynn Copeland and Cyianna Smith. The outfield put on a show with diving catches and golden glove efforts led by Jaharra Pennywell and Kloee Johnson. Anchoring the defense behind the plate is one of the hardest workers in softball in Marley Barfield. 

The addition of Coach Jaren Williams paid huge dividends with her knowledge of the game and collegiate experience that she passed along to the team. The Lady Tigers played well together this year and have shown growth in skills, game knowledge and team chemistry. It has been a privilege to be a part of this group of young ladies. I couldn’t be more proud of the work and accomplishments this team has achieved and the best is yet to come. 

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