Quick Start, Emerging Players Defining Lady Panthers [VIDEO]
Off to a quick 5-1 start to the 2020 campaign is just what coach Stephen Mitchell hoped for coming into the season.
“You always want to win them all,” says Mitchell. “More than anything, we want to make sure we’re prepared for that 9/10 date, our first region opponent. I think we’re doing a good job.”
The team is ranked #5 in Class 2A at the moment, but the girls aren’t buying their own press.
“We just try to make sure that we understand there’s always somebody that’s better than you, or that wants to beat you,” adds Mitchell. “We just try to stay grounded, stay humble, and focus on the little things to get better.”
Trinity Queen, a star pitcher for the Lady Panthers, already has a Player of the Week award to her credit, and is on pace for a brilliant senior season. She’s a huge reason why Union County has allowed a region best 16 runs only through six games.
“Her composure is her biggest asset this year,” states Mitchell on Queen. “She takes command of the ballgame. Because of her command, because of her body language, everybody kind of follows her lead.”
While Queen’s play was somewhat expected, others have emerged as big playmakers for the team.
“It starts with senior Hannah Patton,” says Mitchell. “She’s doing a great job, and we also have a junior-heavy team. They’ve taken their lumps, and they’ve really emerged.”
The Lady Panthers take their four-game win streak into Thursday’s game against state-ranked Commerce in a solid matchup.
Digital Copy of Interview – Stephen Mitchell
Digital Copy of Interview - Stephen Mitchell