Florala Lady Wildcats look to have ‘better’ year

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, February 17, 2010

There is one thing that first-year Florala softball coach Roger Hammonds wants his team to do this season — to get better after every game, every practice and every week.

Hammonds starts his first season for the Lady Wildcats, inheriting a program that only won two games in the 2009 season.

The Lady Wildcats ended their season in the Class 1A, Area 3 tournament.

This season the varsity softball team is composed of 12 players, mostly seniors and juniors with the exception of one sophomore, Hammonds said.

“We’re all excited from myself to the girls and even to the parents,” he said. “It’s been a good transition with our girls.”

Most of the team just got finished wrapping up a successful basketball season last week in the Class 1A sub-regional tournament.

“They did real well in basketball and now all of them are now being introduced to the teams this week that are a part of the basketball team,” Hammonds said. “There are some positions that are still undecided at this time as far as who will work out and play well.”

Hammonds said the only two positions that have been set in stone are at pitcher and catcher.

Hammonds said one thing he wants to stress to the team this season is that it’s really all about playing together as a team.

“The team comes first and they come second,” he said. “That’s my biggest philosophy that I believe in. We’re looking forward to this year regardless to what happened last year. We know that we’ve got a pretty tough schedule.”

That schedule includes a tough area, in which the Lady Wildcats will face powerhouses Kinston and Pleasant Home.

“Our main focus in area is definitely Kinston and Pleasant Home,” Hammonds said. “We’ll have those games cut out for us. We’re looking at those games in March and plan to go out and be competitive.”

Hammonds said that practice has gone well despite the recent weather problems.

“The girls are real receptive in what they are being told,” he said. “The weather has really hindered us, but I suspect it’s county wide, not just us.

“We have taken every opportunity to practice,” he said. “We did an indoor practice going through different types of fundamentals and we’ve got a lot of our signs and calls down.”

The varsity softball team will start its season on Thursday in Andalusia. The junior varsity team will play first at 4 p.m. and the varsity team will immediately follow.