But, even with the experience, the team will still be looking for some of its younger members to step up and contribute in what coach Lauren Limburg sees as a team with a lot of talent and potential.
“We have a really good mixture this year. There are four seniors and five freshmen on the team and then eight of our middle classmen,” explained Limburg.
She went on to say that even the younger girls are going to be bringing experience to the table, including a young but athletic four pitcher staff.
Walker Valley will feature a rotation comprised of two juniors and two freshmen, all of whom Limburg feels are more than capable of taking control of a game.
The bats might have a little catching up to do, but Limburg said the team is continuing improve at the plate and she has been very impressed with her batters’ pitch selection during pre-season scrimmage play as of late.
“We still have a few kinks to work out in regards to batting. We just need to continue to strive and put forth that extra effort. If we have girls hit the batting cages on their days off and put in that little extra work we are going to continue to get better,” Limburg stated.
District 5-AAA play looks to be very tough for everyone in the area, and Limburg said that no team appears to be a lock for a sure win.
Outside of district play the Lady Mustangs will face off against some other top-notch competition throughout the year that Limbrug hopes will bring out the best in her girls come post-season.
“Overall our schedule is going to be very challenging, but I like it. We need to be challenged. That’s what makes us better,” explained Limburg.
The team is also excited to be going to Disney World during spring break to play six games at the Wild World of Sports.
Limburg went on to say that with their talent the top of the district is well within their reach, but the Lady Mustangs will need to put in the extra work to live up to their potential.
“If I can leave you with anything it will be a total team effort this season. I’m preaching that to the girls. We are going to have some girls standout at some games, but if we don’t have everybody on the same page contributing we won’t be as successful as we can be,” Limburg expressed.
The Lady Mustangs kick off their season on the road against Chattanooga Central Monday with first pitch slated for 5 p.m.
They will be back in action Tuesday as they play their home-opener against Boyd Buchanon, also starting at 5 p.m.