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Prep spring softball preview


12:00 AM, Mar. 06, 2013 EST

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Mimi Cartwright, Goodpasture, Sr., IF-P: Lipscomb signee hit .398 with two home runs, 31 RBIs and 32 runs, 22-6 record.

C.J. McClain, Beech, Jr., OF: The Tennessee commitment hit .465 with nine homers, 43 RBIs and 17 doubles.

Makenzie Prince, Smyrna, Jr., P: Posted 18 wins, a save and 260 strikeouts and had a .410 batting average.

Lauren Stavinoga, Wilson Central, Sr., IF: Alabama-Huntsville signee hit .500 with seven home runs, 42 RBIs, 10 stolen bases.

Libby Sugg, Franklin, So., C: Earned District 11-AAA MVP as a freshman after hitting .564 with 15 home runs, 53 RBIs.

NOTEWORTHY

Rebuilding at Beech? Despite achieving a top-10 national ranking, winning 41 straight and going 49-4, Beech tied for fifth in Class AAA. Regrouping from some personnel losses will be vital to the Lady Buccaneers' hopes for making another run. Infielders Kassydi Montgomery (Cumberland signee) and Shelby Willis and outfielders C.J. McClain and Peyton Kurgan should provide a nucleus for doing so.

New faces: A number of traditional Midstate softball powers underwent coaching changes. Jeff Breeden left Riverdale for MTSU and was replaced by former St. Benedict coach Christy Bingham. CJ Pangallo is the new coach at Ravenwood following the departure of Kari Akin. Former Lipscomb University assistant Lexi Myers has replaced Gary Davis, who retired after 26 years at Lipscomb Academy. Ex-Motlow State coach Gary Barfield is now at Tullahoma. At Donelson Christian Academy, Regan Ingram moves up after serving as an assistant under Brent Dorris.

Team of the millenium: It may be smart to pencil Goodpasture into the Class AA final should the Cougars make the state tournament. Since 2000, the Lady Cougars have won seven state championships and finished second three times. The only times Goodpasture didn't reach the title game -- 2000, '02 and '10 -- the Cougars didn't make the state tournament.

 

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