Youth serves Skyhawks well
Posted: Friday, September 30, 2011 12:02 pm
The University of Tennessee at Martin softball team went 4-2 this past weekend in its own Fall Classic at the Martin Recreation Complex and Bettye Giles Field on campus.
Perhaps more importantly, head coach Donley Canary saw a bright spot — the play of several of his freshmen.
Pitchers Casey Vincent and Kenzi Tate rallied the Skyhawk pitching corps while Carter Mansolino and Lindsey Feigel showed poise throughout the tournament.
The Skyhawks defeated Jackson State Community College; split with Chattanooga State; posted shutouts over Bethel and Christian Brothers and suffered a setback to Trevecca.
In addition to the freshmen, Canary said sophomore outfielder Kayla Wade has been the biggest surprise of the fall. “She’s had a great fall,” he said.
“Our first two games in the tournament were by far our best,” Canary said. The Skyhawks shut out Jackson State 8-0 in five innings and then edged Chattanooga State 4-3. “After that we lost focus.”
The Skyhawks have two weeks of fall practice left.
“We will spent a lot of time scrimmaging and playing inter-squad games,” Canary said. “We still have a lot of spots to fill, so the competition is there. We want to get the right people in the right spots.” Published in The WCP 9.29.11