Young Port Allen softball squad off to strong start

Written by Claire Chenevert on .


The Lady Pels are off to a strong start this season after defeating all four of their opponents last week.

Over the weekend, the Lady Pels defeated Runnels, Woodlawn and McKinley at the Tara High Tournament.

In a long battle against Woodlawn that lasted nearly three hours, junior Alicia Murphy hit a home run to end the game.

“We had a really good weekend,” said Port Allen Coach Alisha Butler. “We had several girls that stepped up and showed leadership. The seniors began to communicate on field which helped us make fewer errors. I think we’ll only get better from here.”

The Lady Pels faced Woodlawn again Monday night, winning 15-8 over the Panthers.

“Our team is very young,” said Butler. “We have a lot of underclassmen; half of our team are freshmen, but the majority of our varsity team are returning members. Only a few of the girls are playing for the first time ever.”

Butler said that the softball squad is a very strong group of girls.

“They have good, positive attitudes and they’re coachable. We have some very strong leadership from our three seniors too,” she said. “I think it will be a good season for us, and in the next couple of years, we’ll have a really strong team.”            

This week, the Pels play Northeast on Tuesday, Family Christian Academy on Thursday, and host their own tournament, the Lady Pelican Classic, beginning Friday at 3:00 p.m.

“After Monday night, I’m really confident about our upcoming week,” said Butler. “I think it’s going to help us prepare for our tournament this weekend and get us ready to win.”

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