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Lions softball turnaround takes them to Oxford

Story by Griffin Pritchard | Publisher

Photos by CAScoreboard Staff

CENTRAL ALABAMA SCOREBOARD OFFICE – When Brian Pittman walked on to the Prattville High softball diamond, he’d just been named head coach of a team that struggled mightily the season prior. But, the old coach had a few tricks of the trade to rely on that led to an almost immediate turnaround.

“Year one was a very fun time with me,” said Pittman. “There were so many twists and turns throughout the year. I think that made us closer as a team by going through this. We had to change our mentality and the culture of the program and I think we did that this year and will build on that going into the next year.”

Having a handful of college commitments didn’t hurt either. Jessica Cord (Chattanooga State), Pyper Castro (Tallahassee Community College) and Marion Military bound duo of Jayden Kendrick and Kadence Horton were key in getting the Lions back on track.

Pittman: “Overall the season was a great year for us. It had a lot of ups and downs but girls stayed the course and trusted the process and believed in what we were doing and turned it on at the end of the year and in the postseason.”

Their renewed focus led Prattville to an area championship, a regional berth and a trip to Oxford for the State Tournament in May.

Through all of that – Pittman posited the best game his Lions played was the area championship finale against Enterprise on the Wildcats’ home diamond.

Pittman: “We’d already secured our spot in the regional with a win (over Enterprise) early in the tournament and four ourselves down 4-0 in the bottom of the sixth. We had not done much at the plate that game and I challenged them to keep fighting and they had six outs left to play with. The girls responded and scored six runs in that inning to put us in the lead.”

Jayden Kendrick rattled off a double that plated three runs. Cord followed suit with a single that pushed two home to secure the championship.

He also highlighted their must-win victory over Daphne in Regional securing their berth into the state tournament.

Prattville’s trip to Oxford in May wasn’t a fluke as Pittman points out his team is poised for a return.

The Lions return Kylie Jarmon, Kaylee Robles and Katie Chandler.

Pittman: “We return our top three hitters and two of our top three pitchers. Things are looking bright for the Lions in the future.”

Founder/Publisher of Central Alabama Scoreboard. Former sportsguy, managing editor, currently working for the City of Tallassee as a Public Information Specialist and grant writer.

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