STORY BY KEVIN WARNER | PHOTO BY DEB SCALLY
The soggy start to the 2019 softball season led to some rescheduling in the first week of the season, but many teams found a way to get out of town for spring break and thrive in tournament play. One team hosted a tournament to honor a former player.
Here are insights from select schools in the area as the season gets underway.
Brentwood High School
The Lady Bruins come into 2019 off of two consecutive trips to the TSSAA state championship as defending District-11-AAA, regional and sectional tournament champions. They posted a 34-9 record last season and look poised to be successful again this year.
Brentwood kicked off its Season with a 10-2 win over Centennial High School for making it to the semifinal of the Mary Vowell Classic. The Bruins may have had another tournament on their mind as they were invited to compete at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Florida, over spring break. The Lady Bruins won all three of their games. Ansley Casillas was dominant at the plate going 14-16 with nine RBIs and a grand slam.
Centennial High School
The Lady Cougars hosted the Mary Vowell Classic to honor former Lady Cougar Vowell, who graduated back in 2010, but sadly lost her life in 2017 to a car accident. The tournament hosted local teams including Brentwood, Franklin and Page High Schools, teams from outside as well as many teams from out of state. Creekwood High School eventually took home the championship.
Tuesday, the Cougars got some help from two of their youngest players. Freshman pitcher Haley Miller through a one-hit shutout from the circle to defeat South Doyle High School, and fellow freshman Kyleigh Burgett hit her second home run of the season.
Franklin High School
Franklin opened the season with a district win over Ravenwood 10-8, then went 2-2 in the Mary Vowell Classic before going on spring break. Freshman Sydney Harris had a breakout game in the opener against Ravenwood going 2-4, with two doubles and four RBIs. Harris also picked up the win in the circle tallying nine strikeouts, while allowing only five hits. She is currently featured Franklin Home Page’s Athlete of the Week.
Summit High School
Summit opened the season 2-0 with wins over Columbia Academy and district foe Independence High School. This week Gulf Coast Classic in Gulf Shores, Alabama where they posted a 3-1 record in pool play before losing in the knockout round. They should be ready for district play when it starts next week.
Ravenwood High School
The Lady Raptors will rely on their four seniors to lead an otherwise young squad throughout the season as the only upperclassmen roster. The Lady Raptors played to a tie with cross-town rival Nolensville, and dropped a tough contest against Wilson Central and district foe Franklin.
Page High School
The Lady Patriots split two games at the Mary Vowell Classic. The Lady Patriots picked up wins over Gallatin 5-2, and LaVergne 7-2 in the opening week.
Page lost to Lincoln County (MVC) and Dickson County last weekend.