Pascagoula head coach Patricia Buckner teaches the fundamentals of hitting and fielding, setting-up difference situations in practice that pay-off in huge dividends during live game action.
The 2002 Lady Panthers have rung up 22 wins 9 losses and 2 ties, returning 7 of 9 starters from last season's State Championship team, one that ran off an impressive 33 and 3 record.
Every time the defending state champs hit the playing field, the opposition comes a gunning.
Coach Buckner said, "It puts a lot of pressure on our players. We struggled a little bit, especially with the bats but we've been working very hard with that and its time to bring those back into life and we're looking forward in trying to defend that crown."
The Lady Panthers pitching staff is young. Heather Prisock is a Sophomore, Heather Hollis a junior and Lacy Lofton has a bright future. She only a freshmen who also plays shortstop.
Prisock is the ace of the Lady Panthers staff, posting a 9 and 2 record. She's confident the Pascagoula can repeat.
Pascagoula pitcher Heather Priscok said, "Our defense is good. We've got the pitching and our bats are coming."
Center fielder Candace Joe said, "Opponents know that we don't have the same pitching that we had last year and we have to play solid defense and I think we have the defense to win the state title again."
3rd baseman Suzi Grubbs said, "We have fun out here and we always stay positive and work together as a team."
Coach Buckner said it best on Pascagoula's chances of winning back-to-back titles, "If I didn't thing we could I wouldn't be right here. Yes, I think we can. We're going to give it our best shot."