PG’s Collom looks forward to working with softball team
Youth is a double-edged sword in sports; new energy is refreshing, but lack of experience could prove costly.
Pleasant Grove firstyear head softball coach Becca Collom is ready to face the challenges. Collom was the assistant head coach last year.
The Lady Hawks went 28-4 last season and fell just one win short of the Class 4A softball championship in Austin. Pleasant Grove fell to North Lamar in the regional finals.
“It's a totally different team from last year,” Collom said. “We lost five seniors, and we are young. We have a bunch of young, hard working kids. We'll have a lot more speed on the base paths, and they're athletic and quick.” Khadijah Oritola, who starts in the outfield, and Skylar Lewis are the two lone Lady Hawk seniors. Faith Dossey, a junior, is the only other upperclassman.
Oritola was a first team all-district selection last season and is one of five returners.
“Khadijah is very powerful and consistent at the plate,” the new PG head coach said. “She has gotten more mentally tough, and I'm looking for her to be a staple in the lineup.
“Skylar is a great kid who works hard, is positive, and has a good attitude.”
The other returners are sophomores Madison Allen, Emily Hilton, Kristin Key, Hanna Snyder, and Kaylee Kelley.
Allen was a designated player and pinch hitter, while Hilton, Snyder, and Key got in a lot of playing time. Kelley got experience late in the season as a courtesy runner.
Key will be the main starting pitcher for the Hawks. Key, a sophomore, has a lot of movement on her throws, works the count, and is good at fielding. She also brings a presence to the plate.
“I am excited to see Kristin develop,” Collom said. “I think it will be a fun season once we get rolling. We'll probably surprise some people, and I couldn't ask for a better group.”
Pleasant Grove opens up its season today at Lady Hawk Field against Spring Hill (Ark.) at 6 p.m.