The defending Class 7A State Champion East Coweta Lady Indians softball team hosted voluntary workouts on Thursday as they took the first step towards defending their crown.
Head Softball Coach Franklin DeLoach lost 10 seniors from last year's championship team, and all 10 will be playing in college next spring. But they do not rebuild at East Coweta; they reload.
Three players will be counted on heavily. Jaliyah Holmes is arguably the best pitcher in the state. She brings poise and power to the circle, and her pitch speed is intimidating.
The other two who returned players who will provide leadership to the team are Emma Elrod, who caught and played centerfield last year and power-hitting Kip Heggood.
Add to the mix Ava Brooke Strickland, Karlie Gutierrez, Bailee Echols and Hannah Stubbs who also saw playing time last year. From there, Coach DeLoach will work to get a regular lineup.
The Lady Indians open the 2021 season with a game against Troup County on Aug. 10.
East Coweta alumni from last year's team, including Ashleigh Griffin, Kaliyah Matthews, Katie Taylor, and Oliva Cook, drop by the Lady Indians workout Thursday.
The Lady Indians held a voluntary workout Thursday morning in advance of their 2021 season.
Head Coach Franklin DeLoach and coaching staff have to replace 10 graduated seniors from last year's state championship team.