Meridian Star

May 17, 2013

Enterprise in search of 3rd fast-pitch title

Tony Tsoukalas
The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN — Davey Dewitt has accomplished a lot in his first year as head softball coach at Enterprise High School. After a runner-up performance in 2A slow-pitch last fall, Enterprise and Dewitt have returned to the state championships in fast-pitch.

    The Bulldogs (18-12) will play Game 1 of the 2A state championships against East Webster at noon from Freedom Ridge Park in Ridgeland. Enterprise will look to continue its torrid stretch, as the Bulldogs head into the series winners of 14 of their last 16 contests.

    “Early in the season, we played nobody under a 4A school,” Dewitt said. “The plan was to prepare us to where we are now. We won’t see any better pitching than what we saw earlier in the year. I think that get’s us prepared for a state championship.”

    Enterprise has leaned on Hayleigh Harper in the circle this season, and the Bulldogs lone senior has not disappointed, taking her place as one of the top pitchers in 2A.

    “It’s hard to tell you how important it is to have her,” Dewitt said. “Her leadership, when she steps on the field, she’s just the leader. The girls really rally around Hayleigh.”

    Harper was a part of all three of Enterprise’s softball state championships, claiming fast-pitch titles in 2010 and 2011 and a slow-pitch title in 2011 as well. Dewitt said Harper has picked her game up a notch in her last season with the team.

    “When we started in district play, Hayleigh had a turnaround,” Dewitt said. “I mean, it was like a light switch went off for her. She told me, ‘this is my last year and I expect to win it.’” 

    Enterprise beat East Webster in the 2A Slow-pitch South State championship last fall, as the Wolverines play in the South for slow-pitch and move to the North for fast-pitch. Dewitt admits, because Enterprise has not played East Webster in fast-pitch, he knows very little about the team. However, he said he holds East Webster head coach Lee Berryhill in high regards and expects a hard-fought, entertaining series.

    “They are going to be very good defensively, as they were when we played them in slow-pitch,” Dewitt said. “They are also going to hit. They are very coached, Lee Berryhill  does a very good job with them, and they are always good with fundamentals. It’s going to be a good series, there is no doubt about that.”