Newberry softball staying positive through adversity
By C.R. Cumbee
Newberry—The Newberry softball team began the season with a new head coach in Katie Howell, who was an assistant on the previous staff. Unfortunately, the Bulldogs haven’t seen much success early on as they try to get the program headed in the right direction. The team is 1-7 overall, including a 1-3 mark in region play.
“I had a pretty good base of what I knew about the girls from last year. This year we wanted to start new and build a program at Newberry with a different vision than we had in the past. We’re working together more as a team and our record doesn’t show the great improvement we’ve made,” Howell said.
There are four seniors on the roster this spring in pitcher Ashli Jones, catcher Cat Harmon, first baseman TJ Jones and shortstop Jasmine Boyd.
“I have four great seniors that lead in all different kinds of ways. Where one might not be as vocal, I have another one that is. If one is not as headstrong, another one is. They have been four great components,” Howell said.
Junior Aymi Brown starts at third base while Ledare Livingston, one of two sophomores on the team, is at second base. Four juniors – Samira Elkins, Iyanna Ramos, Kelsey Havird and Alicia Marcavage – have shared time in the three outfield spots.
“One thing I try to preach is that if somebody is struggling, pick them up. Everybody has a bad day so everybody else picks them up. I wouldn’t say anybody stands out as being the most consistent. I think they all are playing together and filling the holes when we need them,” Howell said.
Other players on the roster this year include pitcher Destiny Sims, catcher Faith Swift, pitcher/second baseman Grayson White and outfielders Morgan Moon and Zacharia Epps.
Although the results haven’t been as good as Newberry had hoped, they haven’t let that deter their work ethic. They are still giving 100 percent and keeping a good attitude.
“It’s been a pleasure working with these girls because they’re so positive. Usually when you lose several games, it can become a negative atmosphere. It really hasn’t gone that way this year. The girls know they are capable of more and things will come as long as they keep working hard,” Howell said.
“Obviously I would love to see more wins because I think our girls are much better than our record shows. One day they’ll show up defensively and not at the plate, and one day they’ll show up at the plate but not defensively. The second half of the year I’m hoping they pull everything together and leave it all on the field every day.”