Lady Cavs Softball Ready To Defend District Championship

Jordan Webb is entering his eighth season as head softball coach for the Lady Cavaliers. Over the past seven seasons under Webb’s direction his teams have either won the district or finished second. Webb and the Lady Cavaliers are excited about defending their District 6, 3A championship and continuing the winning tradition.

Webb made no bones about it. Anything short of a district championship, region championship, and a deep run in the state tournament would be disappointment.

“I don’t tell my team that we are just going to go out there and compete,” Webb said. “That’s just not really my style and I just don’t believe that. You have to set your goals and they have to be concrete and you have to set them pretty high. They have to be realistic.”

Webb believes he has one of his most explosive offensive teams returning that he has ever had. The Lady Cavaliers are replacing graduated senior pitcher Morgan Radford who was the district player of the year.

Outside of Radford the Lady Cavaliers return eight other starters. Holly Smith has big shoes to fill stepping in the circle for Radford. Smith saw time pitching last year as the Lady Cavaliers number two pitcher as a junior. Behind Smith they are lacking pitching with game experience.

Webb is returning some of the best offensive players he has coached yet. Bailey Turnbow is the reigning two-time district offensive player of the year. Turnbow batted in 62 RBI’s and lead the team in homeruns the last two seasons. Turnbow edged out fellow teammate, first baseman, Riley Bouyet for district player of the year two years running. Bouyet batted in 65 runs, a school record, and 20 doubles last year. Webb thinks this may be a year where they have to out hit teams with the pitching depth concerns.

“Goal number one is to win the district. You had better be ready to come out here and prepare to do what you have to do to get that done. Or we are going to struggle because you do not believe in that. Because I believe in that. If the players are not on board with that they are probably playing for the wrong guy.”

Objective number two is continue to build upon post season play in the region tournament. Three of the last four years the Lady Cavaliers have faced Ooltewah. Two years ago, the Ooltewah run ruled Cookeville. This past season the Lady Cavaliers fell five to three. Webb wants his team to play stronger and sharper as they get deeper into post season play.

The third and final objective for this season is to make it to the state tournament. Something that no Lady Cavalier team has ever done before.

“If we work really hard this off season and everything lines up, I think we have a chance to go to the state tournament,” Webb said.

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