POPLARVILLE — The Lady Wildcats made the most of a beautiful day at Pearl River on Thursday.
The team's season opener at Pensacola State College is less than a month away and coach Leigh White spent much of the spring's first practice at Lady Wildcats Stadium by drilling home fundamentals.
"We're just trying to sharpen everything up, trying to go through our offensive and defensive plays," White said. "We're trying to get ahead of that. It's been a little shaky today but that's expected."
PRCC shook off some of the rust by working on situational plays, both in the field and running bases, before unleashing the bats.
The staff threw a lot at the players Thursday and White is taking note of who is up to the challenge.
"We've had different people stepping up at different times. We had a few freshmen stepping up and making some plays that we weren't getting out of some other ones," White said. "It's on. Whoever gets out there and is consistent with everything, competes everyday and has that effort and energy, they'll be out there."
'THINK LIKE CHAMPIONS'
Outfielder Jenna Smith (D'Iberville) said White has been upbeat with her messages to the team and has asked the young Lady Wildcats squad to come together early in preseason.
"(Her message is) to think like champions and not get down on yourself, just stay with it and stick together as a team and get it done together," Smith said.
As a sophomore, first baseman Elizabeth Taggard (Picayune) is motivated to help lift the Lady Wildcats beyond last year's 26-20 overall mark.
"Last year we had a good season. I know a lot of people doubted us and we were an underdog, but I hope this year we work hard just to get back to where we were and even further than last year," she said. "I'm working on being a better teammate and knowing this could be it for ball for me, I'm going to give it my best and work hard."