Lady Panthers young

Published 12:00 am Saturday, April 12, 2008

CHESAPEAKE — Young talent is good if they also have experience. Just ask the Chesapeake Lady Panthers softball coach Aaron Rice.

Despite not having a senior on the team, Rice still has a positive outlook for the Lady Panthers’ season.

“We have a lot of kids who play a lot in the summer and get a lot of playing time at a competitive level. They played in a lot of big games,” said Chesapeake coach Aaron Rice.

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The key for success is always pitching and Chesapeake must rely on two sophomores, Allison Chapman and Sidney Boyle.

“They’re young, but they’re both good ones,” said Rice.

The veteran of the group is junior Nikki Lindsey who is a three-year starter at shortstop.

Casey Kirk will be at second base and freshman Sarah Mayo will handle third base. Chapman and Boyle will split the first base job.

Sophomore Courtney Heffner is the catcher.

“Our infield should be solid and Courtney does a good job,” said Rice.

Hannah Henderson, a returning starter, is in left field and Kimmie Bennett in right.

Junior Shelby Pike moves from third base to center.

“Our outfield runs pretty good. We needed Pike in the outfield and she is doing a good job out there,” said Rice.

Also in the outfield picture are freshmen Myky Harmon and Elizabeth Wells.

“Myky and Elizabeth are doing pretty good. They’ll be all right,” said Rice.