Apalachee High School softball coach Mike Cavey looks at his team’s record to this point and sees room for improvement.
The Lady Wildcat coach also sees the potential of finishing the season strong and making a push for the postseason.
“Our last four region games will be big,” Cavey said. “We need to play well down the stretch. We seem to bring out the best in other teams. The next two weeks will be huge for us. Our girls have to show they want it. Our offense has been struggling. We simply aren’t doing enough at the plate.”
At 10-9 overall and 3-3 in the region going into this week, AHS coaches and players are making an effort to improve the team’s power at the plate.
“We’re an average team at best right now,” Cavey said. “It has been an up and down, roller-coaster type season. We are evenly matched with our remaining opponents so we need to take care of business.”
Freshman Becca Meade has been the team’s main pitcher in region outings.
“She’s young and showing a lot of emotion,” Cavey said. “We are trying to be positive for her and let her know that we have her back on defense. She is still learning to react the same way on every pitch. It’s just something she will learn over time.”
Fellow freshman Ashley Walraven has also shown potential on the pitcher’s mound.
“We may use her more as we go down the final stretch,” Cavey said.
The Lady Wildcats will host Habersham Central Thursday at 6:30 p.m. before hosting Flowery Branch Tuesday at 5:55 p.m.
Following a game against Mill Creek Sept. 21, which is part of a tournament hosted by Brookwood, AHS returns to region play Sept. 23 at Winder-Barrow. The Brookwood tournament continues Sept. 23-24.
“We still have a lot we can accomplish,” Cavey said. “However, we have to go out and play well and do what we are capable of doing. The opportunity is there for us.”