By JOEL McNEECE
The Calhoun City Lady Wildcats, Region 2-2A champs, will open the playoffs on the road Friday at either Hatley or East Webster. Their opponent won’t be determined until Thursday.
Friday night’s game will likely start at 6 p.m. They will play at Calhoun City Saturday at 2 p.m. If a game three is necessary they will play it immediately afterwards on Saturday.
The Lady Wildcats finished the regular season with a 12-9 overall record. They lost to East Webster 4-0 in their only matchup of the season. They didn’t play Hatley.
Coach Josh Hegwood, in his first season as head coach of the Lady ‘Cats, said he’s proud of how his team has come together.
“I knew I had an experienced core group of girls coming back that had a lot of playing experience, but they had not had any success,” Coach Hegwood said. “Our main focus beginning the season was to learn how to play softball and to keep it simple. We are very fortunate to have a couple of pitchers that can consistently throw strikes (Kaitlyn Doles and Lindsey Liles), because that made it a lot easier for me to focus on our defense and hitting. Our goal in every game is to keep it close and have a shot to win it at the end.”
Coach Hegwood said the season was a learning experience for him as much as his girls.
“Like any season we had our ups and downs, I attributed most of that to me being a first time head coach and just getting to know my players and their strengths and weaknesses,” Coach Hegwood said. “We had a week where we went 1-4 and that really tested us. We managed to pull together and win enough games to win our region, our first in school history. It’s really a cool thing to be a part of something like that.”
Now the Lady Wildcats look to see how far they can go in the postseason.
“We are not satisfied getting in,” coach Hegwood said. “We look to take full advantage of the opportunity that we have set up for ourselves. We are definitely capable of playing with a lot of these teams that are in the playoffs. If we can pitch well and play solid defense I think we can make a deep run.”