Jim Perrin is synonymous with softball success after a 20-year coaching career at Christian County that included a number of state championships. With no other softball coaches on staff at Trigg, Perrin has stepped to the plate as interim coach while trying to find the right person for the job.
“We’ve got to find people that have a passion for softball if this school is to have success playing it,” Perrin said. “The players have to realize that it’s not going to come easy. It will take some time, but we really need to develop some young leagues in town. There’s been talk of that happening, and if it can’t happen, we need to start a traveling team.”
Until something like that can happen, including a possible middle school program, Perrin said the team must do its best with the players currently making the committment.
That group is led by seniors Whitney Cain, Dakota Littlejohn, Hanna Oliver and Cheniqua Smithers.
“We’ve got seniors with ability,” Perrin said. “They’re doing a good job and working hard.”
Cain is returning from knee surgery that sidelined her in 2008.
Perrin said Littlejohn and Cain have probably benefited more from being on traveling clubs than any other Lady Wildcat.
Perrin said any eventual success this year for Trigg County depends on the seniors.
“I sat down with them and asked where they wanted to take this team,” Perrin said. “Seniors are very important to the growth of any program. I asked if they were content with where we are, because if they want to go to a higher level, they’ve got to be leaders and talk to the younger kids, encourage and help them.”
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