Softball Preview

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Head Coach Terry Martin has begun his eighteenth season with the Lady Lions.

The Piedmont College softball program has been designated to finish fourth overall, according to the USA South coaches’ preseason poll.

This is after finishing seventh in the league last season, which was also a weather-shortened season. The Lady Lions went 13-11 in league play in 2015, while finishing at 17-14 overall.

“I have things to bring to the team and to make it even more capable of doing its best,” Payton Scott, a first-year pitcher, said. “The seniors are very welcoming, wise and help everyone out.”

According to Scott, This season should not only be good on skill, but also teamwork.

On Jan. 18, the Lion’s softball staff and players hosted an instructional camp and scrimmage.

The camp was held at the Demorest campus and included activities such as: stretches, fielding, hitting, pitching and lunch. It went from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The women were also given a chance to have a questions and answers portion that allowed for some time to get things straight.

The women are not only getting to know the freshman but also a new assistant coach. Former Assistant Coach Bob Lowe became the new Head Softball Coach at Brevard College in North Carolina at a Division II school.

He spent the 2015 with the junior varsity team and assisting with the varsity program. The Lady Lions welcomed Carly Van Augen from Kennesaw State, as the replacement assistant coach.

Another great addition to the league is a new gear store. Legacy Sports has also became part of the Lady Lion Pride.

Founder Ron Melton along with the company’s partner Jeff Dahlman wanted to be able to help spread school spirit by allowing supporters to be able to promote their team.

Legacy Sports, according to the Piedmont Lions Official Sports Page, is “…a provider of turn-key, feature-rich, online stores for Division III schools that offer an easy, virtual shopping experience for branded school merchandise; promote tradition and pride; and expand athletic program visibility far beyond the campus community.”

The Lady Lions had a scrimmage this past Saturday, Feb. 6 against Brenau University. Their first home game will be on Sun. Feb. 21 at 2 p.m. against Birmingham-Southern College.