Bill Covington takes over Eminence softball program

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By Tommie Kendall

Sports editor

With a new coach in charge and 23 players listed on its roster, the Eminence High School softball team is hoping to improve on last year’s 3-14 season.

Bill Covington, who was hired as the team’s new head coach in August, said practices have been going well for an Eminence team he describes as young but with the right attitude. Dewayne Douglas was the head coach two seasons ago but passed away in January 2009, then Chris Nethery stepped into the role Douglas left behind. Covington is the team’s third head coach in as many years.

“I’ve been really pleased with the girls. They’re working really hard and have a great attitude,” Covington said last Thursday, before the team started an intrasquad scrimmage. “We’re a young team with several middle schoolers who we’re hoping to bring along. Down the road, we hope to compete with anyone we play against.”

Covington is a former assistant boys’ basketball coach at Eminence and coached several youth leagues in softball and baseball in the community. After Nethery decided not to return, Covington said everything else just fell into place. He was named the new head coach in the first month of this school year.

Last year, the Lady Warriors won games against Evangel Christian, Louisville Collegiate and Whitefield Academy. They lost to Anderson County in the first round of the 30th District tournament.

The starting defensive lineup as been set with the 2010 season starting this week: Caili Plemmons, the lone senior, plays first base, Casie Emily plays second base, Chelsey Wood or Nikki Gamble splits time at shortstop, Meisha Mason plays third base, Kelsey Craigmyle plays catcher, Kara Capps plays left field, Candace Wells plays center field, Shelby Dees plays right field and Brenna Raisor is the team’s starting pitcher. Craigmyle and Savannah Mertz could possibly pitch varsity innings.

Covington said the key players he will look toward for play on the field and leadership are Raisor, Craigmyle, Wells and Plemmons. Eminence is young, but the players are getting better.

“We certainly can improve but so far I’ve been pleased with the progress,” Covington said. “We have shown a lot of progress since day one.”

The Lady Warriors opened their season on Tuesday at Louisville Collegiate, and host Carroll County at 5:30 p.m. this Friday. The 30th District tournament is in late May.

“Our goal is to take it one day at a time, and just see how things progress,” Covington said. “I have been really happy with the middle schoolers so far. Right now, our team is just a work in progress but we have the right work ethic and I’ve been very happy with the general attitude of our girls.”