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Calhoun softball ready for 2nd fast-pitch season

From staff reports

Calhoun Community College’s softball team returns for a second year in the fast-pitch game, and as in its initial season, most of the players are local.

Of the 19 listed on the team roster, 12 are from Morgan, Limestone and Lawrence counties. Three others are from Huntsville or nearby.

Calhoun used to have a slow-pitch team, but the school dropped athletics May 4, 2001, before restarting the program May 24, 2005.

Under head coach Nancy Keenum, the Lady Warhawks debuted with a 33-15 record last year and finished runner-up in the Alabama Community College Conference’s Northern Division.

The 2007 team returns 10 sophomores from a year ago and will open its season Saturday with two games in the Gadsden Classic. The home opener will come Feb. 27 against Shelton State at Wilson Morgan Park.

Sophomore pitchers Breanna Lee (17-8) and Alicia Hall (13-8) return. Lee, a Decatur High graduate, made all-region a year ago. Freshman Ashley Blankenship (West Limestone) will provide depth.

Three sophomores will fill the starting outfield spots, including Kim Haney (Athens) in left, Lacey Keenum (Athens) in center and Jenia Stephenson in right. Nancy Keenum lists freshmen Whitney Mooney (Clements) and Brittney Chafin as two who will challenge all three positions for playing time.

According to Keenum, the infield will include several new faces. Britney Dowdy and Diedre Isbell will compete for time at second base, and Elizabeth Mann and last year’s designated hitter, Kala Weatherly (Tanner), will compete at first base. Weatherly graduated from Tanner.

Stevie Griffin (East Lawrence) started in left field as a freshman but is tabbed as this year’s team catcher. Weatherly also will receive some time behind the plate.

Courtney Terry (East Lawrence) will play shortstop. Brittany Norton (East Lawrence) and Lee will handle third base, while Lindsey Lowrey and Blankenship will back up all of the infield positions.

Offensively, Nancy Keenum said the Lady Warhawks will look to last year’s hitting leaders, Lacey Keenum (.423), Weatherly (.395) and Norton (.311), to lead the team at the plate.

Sophomore Megan Hensley (Speake) and Brittney Chafin will add to the running game, and Brianna Holt (Athens) and Christina McLaughlin (East Limestone will provide pinch-hitting off the bench.

Calhoun will play its home games this year at Wilson Morgan Park, although the Lady Warhawks are anticipating a move late in the season to a new 250-seat on-campus facility.

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