Diamond Preview 2021: Union County
The Lady Panthers lose a “franchise” player in Trinity Queen, but return a great deal of regulars after a solid season that saw the team win a regular season region championship.
Head Coach: Stephen Mitchell, 4th Season
2020 Record: 12-10; Regular Season Region 8-AA Champions; State Rnd 1; #5 State Ranking
“We aim to compete for a tough region title, and set ourselves up for a good playoff run,” states coach Stephen Mitchell.
Key Departures: Trinity Queen, Hannah Patton
Key Returning Players: Lexi Sisum, Aubrey Banton, Caley Davis, Kaelyn Jones, Tori Tracy, Emma Roxbury, Rebekah Chambers, Emily Byers, Ansley Collins, Chloe Potts, Sierra Burnette, Katie Byers
Gone is star pitcher Trinity Queen and fellow graduating star Hannah Patton. However, just look at the girls coming back. This is a solid, experienced group ready to perhaps take the next step to get past the first round.
Strengths & Areas of Focus
Strengths: “We have a senior-heavy team with tons of experience, along with some younger players who are talented and hungry,” says Mitchell.
Focusing On: “Each year we attempt to find our offensive identity, which may take time to reveal itself,” adds Mitchell. “We will also focus on a relatively inexperienced but talented pitching staff. Defense is also a priority for us.”