Special to the Journal
FULTON – Coaches like consistency.
And Itawamba Community College Lady Indians softball coach Andy Kirk likes the current consistency of his squad.
That consistency has landed the Lady Indians in first place in the North Division halfway through their league schedule.
That schedule through the North starts over again Monday as the Lady Indians host area rival Northeast, with Game 1 of the doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m. The game was originally scheduled for today but was postponed by weather.
“You’re always playing to win, and the kids have bought into the position they’re in,” said Kirk, whose Lady Indians are currently 18-9 overall and 10-2 in the division. “But we’ve just got to take care of ourselves.”
The Lady Indians have also taken themselves into a national ranking, No. 19 in this week’s NJCAA poll.
Kory Watterson from DeSoto Central leads the Lady Indians in batting at .422, with Heather Dillard from New Albany at .393, and Haley Moore from Itawamba AHS at .379. Kirk also likes the way Moore sets the table for the rest of the ICC offense with 20 steals.
Itawamba has a nice starting duo on the mound with Hannah Johnson from Mo., and Montana Hawkins from Sulligent, Ala. Kirk also likes having Cara Hooper from Caledonia able to back up the starters up out of the bullpen.
“We’re leading the division, but ask anyone else, and Northeast is one of the hottest teams in the state,” Kirk said. “Throw out the stats, it’s never dull when the Indians and the Tigers get together.”
The Lady Tigers enter the Northeast contests at 12-20 overall, and 7-5 in the North.
Abigall Rish from East Webster leads Northeast with a .444 average, with Audrey Goss from Red Bay, Ala., at .400.