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August 14, 2012

Stillwater softball reschedules district game for Wednesday

STILLWATER, Okla. — Even a much-needed downpour couldn’t dampen the spirits of the Stillwater High School softball team.

The Lady Pioneers (4-2) come into Wednesday’s rescheduled game against Edmond Memorial undefeated in district play and outscoring its opponents by an average of 6-1 — right where Stillwater coach Amber Davis wants them to be.

“We’ve just come off a good summer,” Davis said. “We’ve had good games this summer and good practices, and we’re just being consistent on everything we do. The kids are working really hard.”

It isn’t just one player whose carrying the team — it’s the entire bunch. From the pitching of senior Brittney Lockett and freshman Baby Phares to the hitting of senior Jenny Scarbrough and sophomore Halley Randolph, Davis said it seems like a different player steps up every night.

“That helps a lot,” Davis said. “Our goal is to make sure that they all have plenty of confidence, whether its at the plate or in the field. From one night to the next, I can’t tell you who will step up, but I feel confident in knowing someone on my team will come through when we need them to.”

Davis said having six seniors on the team also doesn’t hurt.

“All those girls played for me last year and got to see how things are done,” Davis said. “Then we had a great spring and summer season, and they’re just good leaders.”

But sometimes even those leaders need a little boost of confidence every now and then. As was the case with Jenny Scarbrough, who has driven in seven on the season so far.

“With Jenny, we’ve just been trying to boost her confidence and let her know that she is a good athlete,” Davis said. “I think she’s starting to realize that she is a good athlete and that’s helped her carry things over from the summer season to the fall.”

Davis said their may still be some cloudy days left in Stillwater’s season, but if she can keep the team’s confidence riding high it should lead to several more wins throughout the season.

“We just tell the kids it doesn’t matter who is in the other dugout,” Davis said. “We just have to play like we’re capable of playing and winning will take care of itself.”

Still, Davis knows the importance of getting the season rolling with some early district wins.

“It’s good to get some wins early in district play,” Davis said. “We were hoping to try to wait out the weather (on Tuesday), but we didn’t want to risk any injury on either team. But we’ll try to get the ‘W’ (on Wednesday).”

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