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July 16, 2014

Yellow Jackets finish up summer softball practices

THOMASVILLE — High school teams are constantly in rebuilding mode. The key to staying at the top, then, is hustling at practice and outworking the teams on their schedule.

It’s so important, Thomas County Central’s eighth-year head coach Robyn Trammell comes back to reiterate her point.

“The reason we work harder than everyone else is because we want to be better than everyoe else,” Trammell said. “We have to work harder than everyone else if we’re going to compete.”  

Try outs aren’t until Aug. 4-5, but the girls have spent all of June and July at the softball field. Morning practices start at 9 a.m. Monday through Thursday and run until 12 p.m. Though it gets hot, loud and crazy as the day goes on, these girls are all on board.

“You gotta be dedicated and committed,” returning pitcher Erika Greek said. “It definitely has to be something you want to do. Because chances are if you don’t want to do it, you’re not going to be out here.”

Greek goes back to the field with her teammates at 6 p.m. for a two-hour practice that typically invovles conditioning, batting and for Greek, piching.

This summer has been special for the senior, who is verbally committed to play at Pensacola State College. Her younger twin sisters Emily, also a pitcher, and Anna, a center fielder, are upcoming eighth graders.

“It’s crazy to see them out here, because it’s their first year,” Greek said. “I’m sad that we won’t get to play together because they’re eighth graders and won’t make the varsity team.”

Central finished last season as Region 1-AAAAA runner-ups and hosted the first round of the playoffs. Trammell said only four to five girls are returning to the team, but that’s about the average.

“I think we’re going to be real strong,” Trammell said. “I think we have a lot of young players that have really committed and worked hard this summer and are ready to play. That combined with the older girls, I think we’ll be pretty strong.”

Greek had a similar feeling about 2014.

“Well, we have a young team but I think we’re the best that we’ve been since I’ve been here,” she said. “So I’m looking forward to playing the teams that we’ve been playing every year and showing them how we’ve progressed and gotten better every year.”

 

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