Big Red Heads Back To Softball Regionals

  • 5/25/2016 1:31:14 PM
  • Jeff Alan
  • Local Sports

The 21-5 Plymouth softball is making a return trip to Kent State University and the Division IV regional semifinals Thursday at 5 pm where they'll face 17-5 Lisbon David Anderson.  Like Plymouth a season ago, the Blue Devils are making their first ever trip to regional play.

"We did a lot of bonding in the off season," said first year head coach Tracy Arnold who was an assistant on last year's squad. "I think that has gone a long way for us.  We built that unity early on and they've jelled and come together and have found a way which is our teams motto "find a way."  

On heading back to the regional at KSU, where Plymouth fell a season 12-2 to Cuyahoga Heights in the regional semi, left fielder Paige Manuel believes the team is more prepared.  " We're ready this year.  Last year I think we took it for granted because it went way too quick.  This year we're are going there ready."

First baseman Haven Keen feels pretty much the same way.  "I think nerves got to us because we were not expecting it, but this year I think we're ready."  For transfer designated player Callie Jones, she is just happy to see the season extended.  "I had to sit out 14 games and I had a fatty tumor removed.  So for me it's even more exciting since I was overcoming that.  I'm just happy to be contributing.  Jones hit a two run homer that was the deciding factor in the Big Red's 3-1 win over Lucas in the district final last Friday at Shelby.

On Thursday's opponent Lisbon David Anderson, coach Arnold says they can swing it at the plate.  "It looks like they have some power hitters at the top of their lineup.  Their defense seems to be strong too, so we'll work on our bats and hope that Addy steps up like she always has and let our defense do the job.  Addy, who Arnold refers to is pitcher Addison Horne who recorded 24 strikeouts in district play against New London (11) and Lucas (13).  

Should Plymouth win their semifinal against the Blue Devils, they'll face off against either 22-3 Hillsdale or 15-8 Bristolville Bristol in the Division IV regional softball final back at Kent State on Saturday at noon.  

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