Meridian Star

February 23, 2014

Local teams get work in at Southeast softball jamboree

By Michael Kerekes \ The Meridian Star
The Meridian Star

— MERIDIAN — A malfunctioning scoreboard didn’t matter much at the Southeast Lauderdale High School softball jamboree Saturday.

The goal wasn’t as much to win the games as it was to give each team a chance to go against one another in preparation for the season.

Southeast, Enterprise, Clarkdale, Meridian, Wayne County, West Lauderdale and Quitman high schools were all a part of the jamboree, which saw seven four-inning games split between the schools. Southeast head coach Ashley Frazier said she didn’t keep up with the scoring after the scoreboard broke down.

“All in all, I thought we did pretty well,” Frazier said. “We tried to put people in positions and let most everyone get a chance to play in the field or get an at-bat, just to sort of see where we are.

“I thought we hit the ball OK. There are some things we need to work on, of course. I’m pretty pleased with how we played, and I’m excited to see how the regular season starts for us.”

Enterprise head coach Davey Dewitt said his team won its contest against Southeast, 7-3, and against Wayne County, 5-3.

“For it being our first game out, I thought we hit the ball well,” Dewitt said. “We got runners on, moved them over and drove them in like we should. I’m really proud of our pitchers. We have one senior (Emily Roberts) and three seventh-graders, and two of them pitched well today.”

While Roberts will get the bulk of the team’s games on the mound, Dewitt said he will rely on those seventh-graders some when Roberts needs reast.

“We can’t pitch her every game,” Dewitt explained. “Those seventh-graders will get experience to get them ready for next year.”

Clarkdale head coach Britt Bennett said his team won its game against Meridian, 8-4, and it’s game against West Lauderdale, 8-0.

“We executed well and got bunts down and moved runners over, and the pitchers threw well, especially with it being our first game,” Bennett said. “It was strictly a chance for us to evaluate, but it was nice to win both games and start off on a positive note.”