Softball: Clear Springs charging forward
In this third season of varsity play for Clear Springs softball, coach Kathy Morton is bearing down on fundamentals.
"We're trying to cross our Ts and dot our Is and take games one at a time," said Morton, who started Clear Springs' program with a junior varsity schedule in 2008. "We're trying to take care of all the little things every day that you need to do to be successful."
The Lady Chargers were in the running for a 24-5A playoff berth last season but came up just short in fifth place.
"Pearland is the defending state champion and they're always tough, and everyone knows this district is extremely competitive," Morton said. "That's why you have to do those little things, and if you're successful, it can lead to bigger things."
Senior Meah Maddox is the No. 1 pitcher, and junior Lexus Walker is a regular in center field, but also plays first base and can be plugged in at other spots.
"We have a number of kids who play different positions, and as we go along, we'll solidify where everybody is going to be," Morton said. "That's what this time of the season is all about, and we're looking at several combinations, and sometimes, the players are playing a little out of position."
Sophomores Lizzy Garcia (center and left field), Darian McErlean (second base), Hannah Jones (pitcher-infielder), Haley Stevenson (catcher-infielder) and Danille Bateman (first base-designated hitter), juniors Janey Reeves (infielder), Ciarra Sivy (infielder-outfielder) and Loren Brawner (outfielder), and freshman Marisa Difalco (outfielder-catcher) were in a recent lineup with Maddox and Walker out sick.
A couple of other outfielders, senior Sam Pugh and junior Miranda Obregon, were also available.
"These early-season games and tournaments give us a chance to look at a lot of players, and the girls are all working very hard," Morton said. "They worked hard in the offseason and you can see that it carried over into the season."
The Lady Chargers compete in the Clear Creek ISD Tournament this week and host Morton Ranch at 11 a.m. and Nederland at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 24; College Park at 11 a.m. and Dobie at 3 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 25; and North Shore at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 26.
Clear Springs entertains Friendswood at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 1, and plays in the Elkins Tournament from March 3-5 in Missouri City.
The first 24-5A outing is against Clear Creek at 6:30 p.m. on March 8 at Clear Springs.
"We have some young players and we'll see how they come along leading up to district," Morton said. "Several positions depend on how everything goes, and right now, there's a lot of competition, and it's still up in the air."
Clear Brook is the defending 24-5A champion, and was joined in the 2010 playoffs by runner-up Alvin, third place Brazoswood and Clear Lake.
Pearland is back in 24-5A this year after winning 22-5A and the 5A state title last season.
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