Lexington bounced back from the worst softball season in at least 20 years in 2009 with a performance reminiscent of the glory days in the 1990s. The young Wildcats finished with a 21-8 record, a third-place finish in highly competitive Region 5-4A with an 11-3 conference record and a made a return to the Class 4A state playoffs.
“We had a very good season, exceeding all my expectation,” said Wildcats coach Russell Spires. “After not making the playoffs last year our goal was to be in the playoffs this year. We had a chance at the region championships all the way up to the last day of the regular season. We have a very competitive region - four teams were ranked in the top 10 this season. We have a very young team, starting one senior, eight sophomores and one freshman. Winning 21 games was a great accomplishment for such a young team.”
Emily Caughman, the lone senior starter, Brianna Fossell, Brittany Carr, Lindsay Gore and Sarah Parks were rewarded for outstanding season by being named to the all-region team.
Caughman hit .346 with 16 runs, 11 RBIs and six doubles. Fossell was the anchor of the defense at catcher. Carr hit .326 with 28 runs, 21 RBIs, six doubles, four triples, four home runs and seven steals and was 9-0 as a pitcher. Gore batted .379 and led the team with 33 hits. Parks finished with a 12-8 record in the circle.
The rest of the returning starters include Kayley Wilson (.357, 16 runs, 21 RBIs, three HR), Megan Lynch (.340), Justine Thornton (.247, 13 runs) and Brittany Fowler (.234, 15 runs, six SB).
Carr and Gore shared team MVP honors, while Wilson received the team’s defensive award for playing errorless ball this season at first base.
“Our goal for next year will be to win a region championship,” said Spires. “We have not won one at Lexington in a long time. If our girls continue to work hard in the off-season and continue to improve, I feel we will have a good shot at it, but it won’t be easy.”