REL softball veterans expect upward trend

It was the beginning of a new process of playing softball for the Robert E. Lee Lady Ganders in 2019.

Now under second-year head coach Denise Atmar, the squad hopes to build off of a deceptively competitive 5-21 season that saw them finish eighth in District 22-5A with two wins.

Yet, a lot of the key participants during that campaign return including P/3B Linzie Jarvis, CF/P Johanna McKay, C Megan Fox, 3B/2B Breanna Holland, SS/OF Nicole Price, INF Mariah Mendieta, 1B Lindsey Fox and LF Rebecca Archibald.

All of these particular Lady Ganders return following a campaign receiving some form of 

all-district accolade a season ago.

“With eight or nine returning starters believing in the work they have put in, our goal is to make the playoffs, Atmar said. 

The veterans remain driven to improve the team’s profile heading forward under Atmar.

“We worked really hard all offseason and pushed ourselves,” Megan Fox said. “We have been focused on what we need to do to win the games we need to win to be able to make the playoffs. Our team chemistry improved last year and we worked on a common goal to get a better image about our school and our program in our community.

“We trust each other to do well.”

Part of that process included a desire to hold one another accountable without recourse and put in the extra work without complaint.

“The girls have been mentally stronger and are pushing ourselves to do what coach needs us to do to make sure we do what we can to get better,” Jarvis said. “In the offseason we did a lot more work that was harder on us and we now push ourselves through it.”

Megan Fox said the girls would take the initiative to put in the extra work without coaches offering the incentives or initiating the process.

“We are doing a lot better with our confidence on the field, individually, but we still need a lot of work,” Jarvis said. “We are making sure we are working together.”

The squad opens up play 6:30 Tuesday night at Spring High School and optimism is high after two solid performances in scrimmages which they came out on the winning end.

“We were much better with trusting ourselves in the box,” Megan Fox said. “It’s just about getting into game mode. Our defense was definitely better and our offense was doing well. We were trusting people in the box and those on the base to make the right decision. Everything was failing into place to make things happen.”

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