Warming Up for Fall Sports: Hair Bows & Home Runs

By Vira H., staff writer

Spending Friday nights under the lights cheering on the football Titans is a great way to get involved with school athletic events, but the boys of fall are not the only team to take the field in warm autumn air. This group of girls can swing for the fences while rocking hair bows at the same time.

BT Athletic Director Ricky Turner is looking forward to the 2013 season and has high hopes for the team.

After last year’s Elite 8 appearance and region championship, the 2013 softball team also has a tough act to follow, but with a solid group of seniors and some new additions to the team, the Lady Titans are ready for a strong season. “I am most looking forward to playoff time which is always exciting and hopefully a third consecutive trip to Columbus,” said head coach Jan O’Donnell. “We have several newcomers that we are excited about. My expectations are to win a region championship and go deep into playoffs and continue to come together as a team. I love being able to watch a team form around the sport I love so much.”

Even though the team lost several seniors last year, junior Katie Nichols is looking forward to the upcoming season. “We lost a lot of seniors, many of which were key players to the team, so many of us got moved around to different positions in order to fill the spots,” said Katie. “ We also got three new freshmen and an additional assistant coach, Amber Hamilton.” Amber Hamilton ’08 is a former BT player who won a state championship as well as the honor of Georgia Player of the Year. “I expect us to have a winning record by the end of the season and be region champs.  That is the goal,” said Katie.

This year, the BT softball program no longer has a JV team. “One of the biggest changes is the fact that we no longer have a JV team,” said senior Alexis Buelow. “Although some may find this to be a bad thing, I think that it helps the softball program become more unified.”

After the Class of 2013 graduated, the softball team was left only with two seniors. “I am most looking forward to seeing how far our team will get this year since we are such a young team with only two seniors,” said Alexis. “I am also very excited to see our team grow as a whole. I feel like I have a better chance to be a leader and help set a good example for the younger girls on the team.”

The team has gotten closer as a group and they enjoy spending school afternoons together at practice. “I love playing everyday, and getting to spend time with good friends at the same time. I am looking forward to all the games this season and working for a state championship!” said junior Mia Hughes.

Come out and cheer on your Lady Titans at all the games this fall!