With seven seniors, Lonoke’s Lady Rabbit softball team is aiming to qualify for the Class 4A State Tournament this spring.
“I feel like behind our starting pitcher, (senior) Maddie Pool, and good leadership, the girls have come together and support each other whether they’re on the field or not,” Lonoke coach Laura Park said. “I feel like we’ve got depth. I have full confidence in whoever is starting.
“If we can stay healthy, I fell like we can do very well.”
Lonoke seniors include Pool, Madison Crow, Trinity Foley, Valerie Staton, Gracie Mason, Sydney Hallum and Ivy Bathrick
Lonoke, which was to play Joe T. Robinson on Tuesday, is scheduled to play host to Central Arkansas Christian for a doubleheader Thursday in the Lady Mustangs’ season opener. The Lady Rabbits will head to the Harrison Invitational on Friday and Saturday before taking off next week for spring break.
“They’ve got some good teams in it, so it should be very competitive for us,” Park said. “They’ll be teams we don’t normally see. We’re looking forward to a very productive weekend.”
Lonoke will open at 6 p.m. Friday against Class 6A Pine Bluff.
The Lady Rabbits entered the week 3-2 overall and 3-0 in conference play. They lost to Glen Rose, 14-7, before starting pitcher Pool was finished with basketball season; whipped Episcopal Collegiate, 15-0 and 15-0 in a conference doubleheader; lost to Class 7A Conway, 10-0; and beat Mayflower, 9-3.
“Gracie Mason stepped up and did a great job pitching for us against Glen Rose,” Park said. “Episcopal is a young team. They struggled, and we did what we needed to do against them. Mayflower had a good pitcher and a tight infield, but we were able to wind up with some good hits.”
One of those was Staton’s home run to center field — her second home run of the season.
“She struggled with hitting a little last year, but she seems to have come out of that slump a little bit,” Park said. “She does a good job defensively, too.
“I feel like we have a real good defensive team, and we’re also good with our bats. We’ve just got to get a little more consistency and a little more power behind our bats.”
Lonoke finished 14-14 last year with a 6-5 loss to Harrisburg in the opening round of the Class 4A East Regional. The Lady Rabbits were the fourth seed from the 4A-2 District Tournament.