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McCollum, Harmony, Rowan asked to lead Lady Bulldogs during 2006 softball season

Led by seniors Amanda McCollum and Paige Harmony, the 2006 Bearden Lady Bulldogs softball team hopes to have a strong season.

With the departure of graduating seniors Sally Gale (Motlow State), Alicia Boris (North Florida Community College) and Jennifer Walker (Austin Peay), the Lady Bulldogs are left with a lot of talent to replace, but Bearden assistant coach Nick Green isn’t discouraged.

“Strength is going to have to be our leadership of our seniors because they are starting for their fourth year so they know what’s going to happen,” Green said.

McCollum will start at shortstop and Harmony will be behind the plate this season, but the key to the season will be how well junior pitcher Rachel Rowan replaces All-State pitcher Gale.

“Rowan will have to take a bigger leadership position now that she is taking the circle for the most part now and pitching most of the games,” said Green who is in his eighth season at Bearden. “She will have to step up and take responsibility and everybody else will just have to try to chip in.”

Freshman Alex Boris is expected to help out on the mound this season as well.

“Pitching will be the weakness and it will test our defense a lot because we aren’t going to get as many strikeouts as we did before and hitting will always be a bit of a struggle with us because now we are going to have to out-slug everybody,” Green said. “The keys are going to be to try to limit other team’s runs and maximize any type of opportunities we get because we don’t have the strikeout pitcher anymore so we’re probably not going to be playing 1-0 games anymore.”

Sophomores Ebony Reddic and Meagan Fredenberg will be returning starters in the outfield.

Junior Amber Allen will start at third base this season and sophomore Kelly Callaway will be in right field.

First base and second base are still open to a variety of players of this point.

As for team goals, Green isn’t expecting the 36-6 season and District 4-AAA regular-season and tourney titles (17-0 record) from a year ago, but he is expecting a solid season.

“I’m hoping for a 20-win season,” Green said. “We hope to finish in the top four of the district and then anything can happen in the district tournament.”

That, however, won’t be easy according to Green. “It will be tough,” he said. “I think Heritage will be the top team in the district and Farragut should be behind them. Everything else I think is going to be interesting.”

Green spoke on behalf of head coach Mark Blevins, who was away with his Bulldog boys basketball team at the Class AAA state tourney in Murfreesboro during the time information for this story was compiled.


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