Charles Prince

The North Jefferson News




MT. OLIVE — Tabernacle softball coach Paul Dubose has a simple message for his players—Don’t worry about what you can’t control.

“I’ve told them, I want them to concentrate on the the things we can control, like fielding the ball, hitting the ball and running the bases,” Dubose said. “I’ve been told in the past, they’ve concentrated on who the opponent was and then things didn’t go so well. We need to get away from that on concentrate on ourselves.”

Dubose, in his first season with the Lady Torches, inherits several veterans from a club that finished third at last year’s state tournament.

Among the hold overs are Natalie Axt, Robin Whaley, Elizabeth Wesson, Geena Evans, Savannah Harper, Ashley Zassoda and Lauren Crocker.

Dubose will count on Axt and Crocker to carry the load in the pitching circle this year.

Whaley, Wesson and Harper along with Meredith White, Anna Kaetz and Candace Coleman will likely play the infield, while Evans, Zassoda, Anna Jankowski, MacKenzie Dooley and Blair Ligwiller will be in the outfield.

“I’ve seen a lot of effort so far in practice,” Dubose said. “These girls really hustle. I’m told I’m inheriting a pretty good team, so I’m expecting us to have a good year. I know this the work ethic to succeed is there. I’ve already seen that.”

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