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Softball tryouts see great potential
Ebony Ross is at-bat while a whole host of WCMS students try out for softball this week at WCHS.
It was standing room only for a large group of WCMS student-athletes who tried out for the Lady Pioneer softball team at Warren County High School this week.Having seven departing eighth-grade students, the team doesn’t have room for everyone, but from all the big hits and fielding going on, it was going to be a tough decision for head coach Marc Pyburn and his team to make.“Fantastic tryout … great energy, positive attitudes. We wish we could keep them all because so many of them are talented but raw,” Pyburn said. “Hopefully some of the sixth-graders who didn’t make it will cultivate that raw talent and come back as seventh-graders.”Leaving openings for players to move in, or move up, were this year’s eighth-grade Lady Pioneers Kadence Ledbetter, Sadie Simmons, Taylor Swann, Rhealee Johnson, Kaydee Rains, Elia Atterson and Samantha Jennings.The WCMS Lady Pioneers had an excellent year, going 24-8 overall with big bats and strong pitching.The departing eighth-grade students will hopefully continue on to play softball at the high school level, continuing to bolster a successful program as district season champions that went to the regionals this year, losing by 1 run to Soddy Daisy, a powerhouse softball program.