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Lady Bucs continue quest for region crown in softball

The Briarwood Academy Lady Bucs take to the softball diamond for eight more games this season, five of them region 1AA games.

With an overall record of 7-7, the Lady Bucs have a 2-2 region standing.

"We have some real power hitters, especially Maria Johnson and Sarah Nutial, so we have to keep our focus, hit some balls and keep the mistakes off the field. We're working on our hitting this week and on eliminating mistakes," said Coach Christian Tiller.

In addition to Johnson and Nutial, Caitlin Rodgers is also hitting over .500. Another player, Senior Whitney Carani is close to the .500 mark.

"We've got two of our power hitters that have slight injuries right now so we are working on making sure they are taking care of themselves but also working out as much as they can without further injury or irritation," said Coach Tiller.

The two players are scheduled to be on the field this week after Coach Tiller evaluated the girls play at Monday afternoon's workout.

"We'll have to change up our line-up a bit, moving everyone around the diamond somewhat," he said. "This will give the injured girls some relief on the defense side so we can keep them hitting for us offensively."

Another stand-out player is sophomore catcher Erin Phelps.

"Erin's doing a great job," Tiller said.

Phelps said she's confident that the Lady Bucs' record will only improve.

"Brentwood is tough, but the main thing is that we are hitting better, our errors are down and we're focused," she said. "This will really help us in the rest of the games this season."

The Lady Bucs faced rival Brentwood Tuesday, the second time the two teams have faced off.

However, due to weather, the first meeting - in Sandersville on Aug. 30 - has yet to be completed. The game will continue Oct. 8.

"Brentwood has long been our rival and we were really pumped leading them 1-0 in the called game," said Assistant Coach - and former Briarwood player - Hannah Batrous.

Upcoming home games for the next week are: Thursday - Monroe Academy and Monday - Pinewood Christian.

Lady Bucs games are played at 4:30 p.m.

Web posted on Thursday, September 20, 2007

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