The Stone High Lady ’Cats softball team is under new leadership and working to discover where, exactly, it’s talents lie.
Coach Savanah Scarborough is moving players around to different positions to determine who plays best where.
While a couple of players will have definite roles, Scarborough, in her first season with the Lady ’Cats, wants to see who’s the best fit at each position.
“Right now, it kind of depends on the day as to where any single player will be,” she said. “I’m trying to see everybody and who does best and where.”
Scarborough comes to Stone with a solid history in the sport.
A native of the Carnes/Brooklyn area, she played varsity ball in Washington state, winning a state title while at Walla Walla High School.
She then played at Big Bend Community College in Moses Lake, Wash. Before heading to AIB College of Business in Des Moines, Iowa.
It was then on to an assistant coaching position at Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton, Ore. before returning to Mississippi.
“I just wanted to come home,” she said.
She spent three years leading the Lady Bulldogs at Perry Central High School before accepting the position at Stone.
While some players may be moved around, Scarborough had a solid core when she arrived.
She expects senior leadership from first baseman Hayley Gunter, center fielder Arionna Galloway and right fielder Yazmine Bradford.
She also has sophomore right-handed pitcher Sara Bond.
In an move toward bolstering Bond’s effectiveness, she is attempting to develop 8th-grader Caroline Batson’s pitching skills.
While sophomore catcher Scarlett Bellot will see a good deal of time behind the plate, the Lady ’Cats will have a rather unique pitcher-catcher battery when Batson’s twin sister Mary Grace dons the mask and chest protector and settles behind the plate.
“We’re trying the develop Caroline’s skills so that, in Sara’s junior and senior seasons, we’ll have a dynamic duo of pitchers,” the coach said.
Since Scarborough’s arrival, the booster club has been at work, enclosing existing batting cages at the field and adding on a locker room to provide what Scarborough describes as, “a place of their own,” for the team.
So far, the team has played four 7-inning games and has dropped three of those, but that hasn’t phased Scarborough.
“We’ve been playing schools that are a lot bigger than us,” she said. “We’ll be fine.”
Gunter scored the lone run in a 1-0 defeat of St. Martin in the Harrison County Tournament while Bond struck out eight of 31 batters faced.
The Lady ’Cats were scheduled to host George County Tuesday, West Harrison on Thursday and Gulfport on Friday.