Diamond Preview 2022: Stephens County
The Lady Indians are now five years removed from their state runner-up finish in 2017. Still, Stephens County has continued to make the postseason each season until last. In what marked a rebuilding year, coach Dave Poffenberger is hoping the girls can make a big leap this season back into the playoff discussion.
Head Coach: Dave Poffenberger, 6th season
2021 Record: 2-15, No Playoffs
“I expect this year’s team will accomplish great things,” states Poffenberger. “They are very skilled and athletic and have great softball awareness on the field. They are fighters and will always play hard until the last out is made. We have a large sophomore class that will pair nicely with our senior leadership, which should lead to a successful season. This is a fun group of girls to be around – I am looking forward to a great season.”
Key Departures: Laney McGee, Kaylin Snyder, Elizabeth Leverett
McGee was a standout that led the offense with a .438 average and was a solid fielder (.866) as well. She’s going to be missed in all facets of the game, and is on to play at the next level.
Key Returning Players: Abby Whitfield, Tenley Boyd, Riley Walker
According to Poffenberger, these two demonstrate great leadership on and off the field.
“Both are highly respected by their teammates and I expect they will help us have a successful season,” adds Poffenberger.
Strengths & Areas of Focus
Strengths: Defense. “We have a solid pitcher in Riley Walker and a very skilled defense behind her,” says Poffenberger. “The key to this season will be hitting the ball and scoring runs to support the defense that we have.”
Focusing On: “Our goal is to get better every day,” adds Poffenberger. “Putting in individual time and team practices to continually get better, so that we are playing our best softball when the region tournament rolls around in October.”