Friday, September 19, 2008
Lipscomb softball coach Kristin Peck is more worried about evaluating players than winning this weekend.
Saturday and Sunday at Drakes Creek Park in Hendersonville, Tenn., the Lady Bisons will play four games as part of the Club K Fall Tournament with teams from all divisions.
Saturday the Lady Bisons play Trevecca at 9 a.m. and Lee University at 11:30 a.m. Sunday they play Lindsey Wilson College at noon and John Logan Community College at 2 p.m.
“We aren’t really worried about who we are playing,” Peck said. “We just want to get the team out and play someone other than ourselves. We want to work on some different combinations and see what we have.”
The Lady Bisons have been working as a team for only a week in fall practice.
“We have worked on some important things so far,” Peck said. “It will be interesting to see how everything comes together this weekend.
“We know everything is not going to be perfect. We know performances may not be where they are going to be in the spring. We want to see how they communicate and see what their intensity level might be. I want to see how they hustle. I want to see their work ethic.”
With six new players, five freshmen, Peck is stressing the need for strong communication on the field.
“All six of them have the potential to play quite a bit this spring,” Peck said. “We want to get them comfortable on the field with our upperclassmen. We want to see what combinations work together.
“We want to see if they can make that transition from practice to a game. We have tried to simulate live game situations in practice so hopefully that will help.”
Offense has been one of the strengths of the Lady Bisons the past two seasons. Peck knows that not every player will be at her best at the plate at this stage of workouts.
One position that will get a strong look from Peck is catcher. Two freshmen will battle for the starting nod. The freshmen are Mollie Mitchell, from Suwanee, Ga., and Vanessa Medina from Bakersfield, Calif.
“I’m anxious to see how they work with our pitchers,” Peck said. “They actually kind of complement each other. The strengths of one are probably the weaknesses of the other.
“They are both raw. We are looking to polish their skills up. We have worked on the fundamental things quite a bit so far, but not as much as we would like going into our first tournament.”
Peck expects Mitchell and Medina to both spend time behind the plate.
“Right now, it is just a matter of them getting a feel for our pitchers,” Peck said. “Our four pitchers are each very different. They both bring a good work ethic. They both communicate well. They are both anxious to play.”
Peck expects pitcher Christy Grisham to be back on the mound this weekend. She has seen limited action over the past couple of seasons. Returning arms are Christen Campbell and Alaina Jacobson. A newcomer to the rotation is Whitney Kiihnl from Courtland, Miss.
“It will give us a good test of where we stand right now,” Peck said. “Everybody is going to get a chance to play.”