WC, VHS softball coaches tool with lineup in summer scrimmage

Published 9:50 am Wednesday, June 22, 2016

June has been hot, but ripe with an abundance of softball.

Vicksburg and Warren Central have scrimmaged every Tuesday and Thursday in June with practices sandwiched in between. The schools scrimmaged at Warren Central’s Lucy Young Field Tuesday and the home team was victorious beating Vicksburg 15-0.

This time of the year is focused on finding replacement players to step up in the new season and figuring out what positions players best fit.

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Vicksburg coach Brian Ellis is challenged with replacing talent for the six seniors lost to graduation.

“I have three or four girls that are playing multiple positions right now just to figure out where they need to be,” Ellis said. “My lone senior Bethany Martin has played outfield, second base, I moved her to third last year and now this year she’s playing short stop. It’s a good thing because the whole time she’s been playing she’s learned a lot of different positions.”

With Martin being the lone senior, Ellis has only two juniors on the team. The rest is comprised of five sophomores, two freshman and four eighth graders.

Unlike previous years where senior outnumbered underclassmen, Ellis doesn’t have the luxury of letting his younger players slowly adapt to having big roles on the team.

“That’s probably one of the hardest things as far as trying to separate because you can’t separate as much,” Ellis said. “You got two or three girls that have experience and you have these girls that don’t have experience. … You have to bring those other girls up a little bit faster.”

Warren Central coach Dana McGivney is using June to get more playing time and trying players in new positions.

“We’ve been working on hitting, especially our bunting. Working on defensively taking better angles and being ready when the ball is hit to us,” McGivney said. “Just fundamentals.”

McGivney said her team has hit the ball well but have to work on being consistent.

“We’ve got to get where we can play consistently for a whole game,” McGivney said. “We’ll let down for one inning and tend to let teams back in games. Other than that, we’ve been playing well and hitting the ball well. We scored nine runs against Brandon the other night. We’re hitting the ball well we just have to be more consistent and not let up when we have the lead.”