SPRING SPORTS PREVIEW: FHS softball returns wealth of experience
Falkville’s softball team went from having little or no varsity experience in 2014 to having a wealth of experience returning for the 2015 campaign.
Head coach Garry Pressley is hoping that experience will pay off with a return trip to the AHSAA State Tournament at Montgomery’s Lagoon Park.
“Last year, we had most freshmen and sophomores,” Pressley said. “This year, that’s changed to mostly upperclassmen – juniors and seniors. This is the third year that they’ve been in my system. Everyone knows what is expected of them.”
Blue Devils pitching coach Meaghan Gray will have five pitchers to use this season. Callie Garner is the top returning pitcher, along with Maddie White Kaitlyn McMurray, Paige Garner and Mackenzie Smith.
“Meaghan is doing a great job with the pitchers,” Pressley said. “Our success will rely on our pitching.”
Falkville returns most of its batting order in tact, including leading hitter Cheyenne Wilson.
“I want all of our batters to hit the ball – one through nine,” Pressley said. “That means that a pitcher can’t relax at any point in our lineup. If they do, I us to make them pay for it.”
Pressley said one of the main keys to success will be keeping his thin roster of 13 healthy.
“We have to stay healthy to have any kind of chance,” Pressley said.
2015 Falkville Varsity Softball
Date Opponent Time
Feb. 19 Priceville 4:30 p.m.
Feb. 20-21 at Hazel Green Tourn. TBA
Feb. 26 West Limestone 4:30 p.m.
Feb. 27-28 Decatur at Wilson Morgan TBA
March 3 Good Hope 4:30 p.m.
March 5 at Good Hope 4:30 p.m.
March 6-7 Wallace State at Heritage Park TBA
March 10 Addison* 4:30 p.m.
March 12 Cold Springs* 4:30 p.m.
March 16 Hatton 5 p.m.
March 17 at Addison* 4:30 p.m.
March 19 at Tanner* 4:30 p.m.
March 23-25 at Gulf Shores Varsity Tourn. TBA
March 30 at West Limestone 4:30 p.m.
March 31 at Priceville 4:30 p.m.
April 3 at Bob Jones Tourn. TBA
April 6 at Cold Springs* 4:30 p.m.
April 7 Tanner* 4:30 p.m.
April 9-11 Morgan Co. Tourn. at Wilson M. TBA
April 13 at Hatton 5 p.m.
April 14 at Danville 1:30 p.m.
April 15 Grissom 4 p.m.
April 16 Ardmore 5 p.m.
April 20 Danville 1:30 p.m.
April 21 at Ardmore 5 p.m.
April 24-25 Cullman Tourn. at Heritage Park TBA
April 27-30 Area Tourn. (TBA) TBA