The Lady Wolves take on Edward Bell in the first game of the tournament this morning at 8 at the Sportsplex in Troy.
“I am extremely proud of where this team has came from, Fayetteville head coach Chris Sherbert said. “When you bring some younger kids up and try to mesh them with the older kids you really don’t know how that is going to work. If I said it was a 100 percent smooth I’d be telling you a lie, because it wasn’t. I thank everyone around the program and we got a lot of support from the parents as well as the community. I don’t think anybody can look at this team and see it wasn’t the right decision to bring those younger ones up in the long run.”
The Lady Wolves won three games in the Class 1A Area 7 Tournament to advance to the South Central Regional Tournament. Fayetteville defeated Winterboro twice and upset top seed Wadley. The Lady Bulldogs of Wadley also beat the Lady Wolves twice, which included a one-run victory in the championship game.
“It was good to see the emotion, the highs and the lows,” Sherbert said. “When we came up one run short that day it was hard. You could see the pain and it was good to see that emotion, because when you are dealing with girls you very rarely see that kind of emotion. You see all of the other emotion but you don’t see that when it comes to the game. It was good to finally see that. I think the girls realized their potential that game and they have confidence.”
Krista Vickers is the lone senior of the Lady Wolves squad this season. Vickers is confident the Lady Wolves can go down to Troy and put together some wins.
“It is my last year,” Vickers said. “It would mean a lot to me if we would get down there and kick some butt. I would like to show them what Fayetteville is made of. We have a great team this year and I loved working with these girls. I am going to miss them next year and I am ready to go out there and show them what we’ve got.”
Sophomore first baseman Summer Guy thinks this season’s Lady Wolves team is better than the previous teams that made the Regional Tournament.
“We have worked really hard for this,” Guy said. “We are so much better of a team than we were last year. I think we have the heart and the heart to win. I think we are ready for sure.”
The players on the Fayetteville softball team are friends not only on the diamond, but off of it also. Catcher Peyton Dennis believes that closeness has helped them this year.
“We have really gotten close this year,” Dennis said. “Last year it wasn’t that great, but this year we are a very close team. I am really proud of what we done this year.”
Eighth grader Brittany Snyder went 11-for-18 from the plate in the Class 1A Area 7 Tournament. She feels like things clicked for the Lady Wolves in that tournament.
“Wadley helped us bond and I have never seen us play like that,” Snyder said. “With the (area tournament) under us I think we can go to the Regional Tournament and really make some noise.”
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