So, to fill the opening, he brought in the first player he recruited to Austin Peay State University during his time as coach of the Lady Govoners – Lacey Briscoe.
“I always thought he was a really good coach, and I bought in to everything he taught,” Briscoe said. “It was good that he’d been here a year before me and taught the players everything I’d be coaching.”
Briscoe, who joined Trigg Middle as a teacher in January, has coached 12-and-under teams before, but this will be her first experience at a level higher than that.
So far, she’s happy with the improvements she’s seen from her players in a short amount of time.
“If we get our pitching stronger, I think we’ll have a good shot at winning district this year,” Briscoe said. “They’ve shown improvement every day. They’ve worked a lot on their hitting, and I’m hoping that will carry into the games. I haven’t seen too many things in the field, but there’s a few little things we’ll need to tweak.”
The Lady ‘Cats finished the season with a 4-15 record and ended the year with a 9-0 loss to Livingston Central in the first round of the district tournament.
Taylor Furr is this season’s only Lady ‘Cat senior, and the team must replace contributions lost with the graduation of Whitney Cain, Hanna Oliver, Dakota Littlejohn and Cheniqua Smithers.
However, a group of young but experienced players is joined by junior Lauren Daniel, who will likely fill Trigg’s top pitching slot, Briscoe said.
“It’s her first year here, so getting her established is something we need to look at,” Briscoe said. “Everything starts in the circle. If we’re good there, the defense usually plays well.”
Daniel, along with Morgan Parker, Elizabeth Torian, Ashlee McGee, Lauren Holloway and Amanda Want comprise a large junior class that Briscoe expects to be key to the team’s success.
“A lot of them are helping teach some of the new players this year,” Briscoe said. “We’ve got several middle school kids this year, and that will help them get ready for the fall when the middle school season starts.”
That middle school season will be the first in Trigg history. Briscoe said that addition will help build a strong program here.
“They’ll carry what they learn there into high school, where these high school girls are just learning things,” Briscoe said. “We’ll see a tremendous difference in a couple of years.”