CHARLOTTE – The Creek Wood softball team got back onto the field recently for the first time since finishing third in the state tournament last spring.
For some of the older players on the team like Lennon Spicer and Jase Jackson, it was an opportunity to see their teammates and be back on the field for the first time in a while, as some of the younger players were there for tryouts.
“I’ve been playing a lot of travel ball but it’s not the same as being out here,” Spicer said. “We don’t have the same chemistry on those travel teams because we haven’t played together as long and I love this team. As far as the girls trying out, I think we can add some speed and even some power so I think it’ll all work together very well.”
Spicer, the Dickson Post softball player of the year last season, pitched 232 innings for the Lady Red Hawks and struck out 271. She also led Creek Wood with 11 home runs and 44 RBIs.
“This is awesome, I love it,” Jackson said. “I see a different kind of talent than what we had last year. I think speed is what wins big games and I see that out here now. Speed creates havoc.”
Jackson was the team’s shortstop last season. She had, 47 hits and scored 35 runs.
Coach Nancy Jackson said at the end of last season that speed was the biggest difference between the Lady Red Hawks and some of the other teams at the state tournament. She said some of the younger players at the tryouts can bring some more speed to the team next season.