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Andy Wilbanks has a young squad taking the field this season, but despite the inexperience, the Lady Falcons are working for another playoff berth this season.
“We’re in practice mode right now, trying to find out who is going to play where,” Wilbanks said. “We lost a lot of folks who graduated last year, and we’re still working through it. We’re making progress and working through it right now.”
Ingomar’s primary duo returning are seniors Kayla Stevens and Shelly Grisham. Leaning on those two, Wilbanks hopes their leadership will carry the team.
“We’re looking at those two girls for leadership on and off the field. We hope they both have good years in order for us to be successful,” he said. “We’re not telling them that we’re putting a lot of pressure on them, but there is a little bit of pressure on them.”
One major change for the Lady Falcons this season will be Grisham moving from short stop to the mound.
“Shelly will be the pitcher starting out this year. We had to move her from short stop, where she did a good job last year.,” Wilbanks said. “We’ve moved Reid Little to short and Shelly to the mound, and that’s the way we’ll attack it for right now.”
Division play will be wide open for the Lady Falcons, as across the board, the region teams lost several to graduation.
“The good thing about our division, I guess, is that everyone lost a lot of pretty good players last year, so maybe the division will be wide open and with a little luck and playing well, we’ll have a shot at making the playoffs,” Wilbanks said.
Ingomar will start the 2010 season playing Falkner and West Union in the Myrtle Pre-Season Tournament and host the Lady Eagles in their season opener on Tuesday, Aug. 17.