Lady Canes primed for best season in years
by Jason Greenberg
Aug 09, 2013 | 624 views | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
When Cartersville head softball coach Rick Holsomback took over the job four seasons ago, his team had 10 players and no wins.

Expect a very different season in 2013 as the Lady Purple Hurricanes have plenty to be excited about heading into their first game today.

“I’d say so,” Holsomback said when asked if this is the best team he has had since becoming the Cartersville coach. “We didn’t lose anyone and we have a pretty good crop of freshmen coming in who can contribute right away. We’ll have some competition for playing time with four freshmen and a new junior.”

Cartersville finished 13-14 last season while going to the state playoffs for the first time in 10 years. The team expects to have more succes this season.

“We went to the first round of the playoffs last year and so I know the girls want to make sure we go further than that,” assistant coach Emily Walker said.

“As always, going all the way is the ultimate goal,” Holsomback said.

The coaching staff feels strongly about this team thanks to the strong pool of talent returning.

Junior pitcher Annalyn Yantis is returning along with fellow Region 5-AAA all-star softball team member Kennedy Bailey.

Bailey served as a major run producer for Cartersville in 2012 as she knocked in 21 runs to go along with a .352 batting average.

Hunter Irvin also made the all-county team in 2012 and scored a team-high 24 runs while batting .344 on the season.

Holsomback believes his entire team had an excellent summer.

“It was very productive,” he said of the offseason. “We had three make the Elite 80 and one girl went to premier nationals. They’ve all been busy doing travel ball and playing at an elite level.”

Holsomback hopes the work in the summer will translate to more runs this season.

“We had an average of about five or six runs last year,” he said. “I want to bump that up to about seven or eight and we should be OK.”

Cartersville will get its first chance at 5:30 p.m. today at the Villa Rica Wildcat Invitational tournament.