SOFTBALL: Lady Dragons optimistic after disappointing 2014 campaign

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By Elliott Pratt

 CRESTWOOD - South Oldham softball coach Jessica Turner finds herself with a bit of deja vu to begin her third year, except now there is more optimism and confidence.

The Lady Dragons, once again, are an exceptionally young team with three seventh-graders, three eighth-graders and only one senior. 

South Oldham comes off a year they’d like to forget: a 1-18 regular season with a winless record in the district.

That’s a record that the team’s lone senior, Morgan Lindell, hopes not to repeat.

“We didn’t win any last year because we had so many new players,” Lindell said. “We now have people who have played before and I hope that will show more this year. We’re a lot closer. These girls didn’t understand the basics of the game and this year they seem to understand more of the concept of what we’re doing.”

Turner said the team’s camaraderie and experience is on a much higher level than last year’s squad. The Lady Dragons will rely on youth in the circle with two middle schoolers leading the team in pitching, led by seventh- grader Aaliyah Tomes.

“They’re both very mature,” Turner said. “They bring maturity to the team. Our seventh-grader has been pitching non-stop for the last couple of years. She’s on a travel team and has taken lessons out of Louisville. She’s really dedicated herself and she’s grown a lot this year compared to where she was last year.”

Turner understands the process of rebuilding the program, and said if improvement on a weekly basis is evident, then the Lady Dragons are headed in the right direction.

“Just to see progression from game to game,” Turner said. “I want to see that we’re playing better than we did last year and that we’re pressing in each game.”