The Wharton Lady Tigers’ softball team has broken out and been a force during non-district play. The past couple of seasons the Lady Tigers have struggled, but this year they've roared out to a 10-4 record.
“Since the beginning of the season the girls have really grown in their trust of each other on the field and in their confidence,” first-year Lady Tigers Coach Kelli Treybig said. “We dropped two close games at our first tournament and I saw very little confidence and fight in them, but that has really turned around in these last two weeks. They have also just been having fun. Our offensive success has made it exciting and they are happy and enjoying playing the game.”
The Lady Tigers have gotten big offensive contributions from the whole team. Junior Asijah Hammons has been a home run machine hitting seven, including three-two home run games. Wharton's offense on the season is averaging 7.8 runs a game.
With district play coming Tuesday, March 10 Wharton was able to get in a few more games this past week to prepare.
“I am really proud of our offense and we have really relied on it to get us through some of these tough games, but going into district next week, I am still pushing them every game to improve their defense and cut out repeating the same defensive mistakes,” Treybig said. “I am predicting that the pitching in district will challenge our offense so our defense is really going to have to step up if we want to compete for a playoff spot. I hope that we can become more balanced and not have such (a rocky couple of) innings defensively, that is what we are working towards.”
The Lady Tigers play in a tough district: El Campo, Needville, Sealy and Fulshear made the playoffs. The district also includes Stafford and Brookshire Royal.
With spring break for most of the district under way next week, games are being moved up from their normal Tuesday and Friday night slots.
Wharton will play Stafford at home Monday, March 9 at 1 p.m. WHS will play away in Needville on Wednesday, March 11 also at 1 p.m.