The New Brockton Lady Gamecocks will not only be breaking in a new head coach but will also be fielding an almost entirely new lineup in 2018.
Lacy Ward, an all-state outfielder during her high school career at Elba, is taking over as the new Lady Gamecock coach this season and will be fielding a young team that will feature only two players that have ever started in a varsity game.
“We’re very young,” Ward emphasized. “We only have two girls that have ever started. We have so many kids that are in seventh through ninth grade.”
Ward said that her Lady Gamecocks have spent a great deal of early practice time on game-like situations to get the younger players ready.
“We really have to work on those game situations,” Ward said. “That’s going to be the No. 1 thing for us, so that they know what to do in different situations they’ll face during a game.”
The Lady Gamecocks are replacing seven seniors from last year’s team and Ward expects to even play a number of seventh graders during the year.
Still, Ward and her Lady Gamecocks are eager to start the season and prove that they can hang with the other teams in the area despite their youth.
“A lot of people are wondering about how strong we’re going to be, but I’m confident we’re going to win some ball games,” Ward confidently said. “We’re going to give people a run for their money and a great game, that’s for sure. Every time we go out there we’re making progress.”
The Lady Gamecocks will jump start the season with road matchups against county rival Kinston on Feb. 20 and Opp on March 1.
New Brockton returns home for games with Kinston on March 8, Opp on March 12 and Samson on March 19, before hitting the road again for showdowns with Zion Chapel on March 20 and Geneva County on March 22.
The Lady Gamecocks will play back-to-back games against rival Elba home on April 5 and away on April 9.
New Brockton hosts Zion Chapel on April 10 and Geneva County on April 19 before closing out the regular season on the road against Samson on April 24.