“Put me in coach, I’m ready to play, today,” CCR sang from the PA system Monday night as the Warren County Middle School girls softball team took the field to “play ball” in an preseason scrimmage at Warren County High School.
The weather was mild and the temperature was ideal for the ballpark with a high hitting 76 degrees around the area.
The scrimmage divided the team into two parts – the red team and the blue team – all members of the red, white and blue team, the Lady Pioneers who were 7-6, blue and red respectively. Repeating his role as head coach is coach Marc Pyburn, who hopefully will repeat his record as the WCMS Lady Pioneers were first-place winners last year.
“I am extremely excited about the upcoming season. We are the defending season and tournament champs and we are playing our postseason tournament at home this year, so it’s always nice to defend a championship in front of your home fans,” coach Pyburn said. “We won last year when most expected Coffee County to win, so it is a little different with a bull’s-eye on you. This eighth-grade-led team has a big task in front of them. I loved our red/blue game. This is our second year to do.”
Members of this year’s team are Samantha Jennings, Sadie Simmons, Ella Atterson, Rhealee Johnson, Kadence Ledbetter, Kaydee Rains, Taylor Swan, JuJu Pyburn, Danika Reno, Shelby Roberts, Mea Starkey, Halo Armstrong, Aleya Esparza, Marli McBride, Bella Cantrell, Cadi Beth Todd, Bella Bain, Alyssa Mosley, Mia Hobbs and Jessie Young.
The Lady Pioneers will face Harris Middle on opening day here at home on Monday, Feb. 27, beginning at 5 p.m.