Graham Lady Blues hitting their stride into district

Graham softball going strong since early turning point

WICHITA FALLS, TX (TNN) -

The Graham Lady Blues softball team is on fire.

The Lady Blues only have one loss in the month of March and have won five straight, including a big win over district foe Iowa Park on Tuesday.

But their success can be attributed to a turning point back in February.

“Well it was kind of our tournament in West," Graham senior first baseman Tatum Trester said. "We lost our first two games and we were kind of shocked that it happened but that night we went into one of the rooms and had a kumbaya and we were all talking and was like 'this is going to happen, we are going to win state. We are getting our crap together and just doing it.”

The Lady Blues made it to the regional semifinals last year and they have their eyes on state again.

The offense is averaging more than seven runs a game in the month of March while the defense and stellar pitching is allowing only three and a half runs a game and the Lady Blues say it’s the confidence they have in each other that has brought this success.

“I have complete confidence in my offense,” Junior pitcher Emma Southerland said. “I know we will do just about anything to score a run. Like Tatum is one of our hardest hitters on the team and she laid a bunt down and made it to first base and scored a run off of that, like I know we will do anything to score a run.”

“Me and our staff were talking the other day that this is my ninth year coaching softball," Graham head coach Adam Arrington said. "And I think it’s probably one of my best hitting teams from top to bottom.”

“I know especially for me when I go up to bat," Trester said. "I know that I can hit the ball and get on base and score a run and then go into the next inning when we are on the field and it doesn’t matter what we did last inning, I know Emma is going to be able to shut them down.”

But before they can make a run at state again, the Lady Blues have their focus on repeating as district champs and it’s their new found leadership that will put them in a good position to do so.

“At the beginning of the season," Southerland said. "We didn’t really have any leaders and nobody was taking charge but now people are starting to say 'All right this is my job, this is my role on the team is to be a leader.”

“You know it’s one thing to just go through the motions," head coach Arrington said. "But I think they finally realized their time in high school is winding down so we need to do whatever we can to make sure we are ready to go because in the tough district we are in; if you take a day off, something bad is going to happen each day.”

To win district and a state championship, a lot of things have to go right and the Lady Blue believe all the pieces are coming together for a special run this year.

“We had a great sophomore class that has stepped up this year and along with the juniors and seniors," Arrington said. "It’s a great bunch of kids to be around. If we just continue to keep working together and not worrying about who is getting the credit for this game or that game, as long as the Graham lady blues get the credit we have the chance to have a lot of fun this year.”

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