Angels and Darlings prepping for Friday

Published 9:36 am Tuesday, June 22, 2010

With the sub-district tournament fast approaching, both the Greenville Angels and Darlings All-Star teams are prepping for competition.

While the Darlings coach says fielding is her team’s strength, the Angels say pitching is their forte.

“We hope to represent Greenville well,” said Darlings’ coach Kimberley Langford. “We have a really good infield. We happen to have some real good athletes on our team.”

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Langford said batting practice has been the focus of their preparations.

Regina Coker, Angels’ coach, said for her team, mental preparation is as important as mastering the skills of the game.

“It’s a challenge getting them to realize that All-Stars is a lot different from the regular season,” Coker said.

During the regular season, Coker explained, when a pitcher walks four in a row, the coach comes in and pitches, a rule that does not apply to All-Star play.

Fortunately, she said, they are deep in the pitching department.

“We have some backups, about five pitchers in all,” Coker said.

The two teams plan to face each other in a scrimmage Tuesday to get some more practice in before Friday’s competition.

The game will be held at McNaughton Field and begin at 5:30 p.m.

These are the official rosters of the Angels and Darlings All-Star teams:

Dixie Darlings – 7 and 8-year-old

Anna Blake Langford

Shelby Vickery

Tankeya Smith

Kayla Motley

Emma Jo Thomas

Kami Gandy

Katie Harrell

Tyhane Bedgood

Alexandria Little

Jordan Neese

Ashlyn Neese

Tynthia Bedgood

Coaches: Kimberly Langford, David Neese, Deanna Stinson.

Fire N Ice: MVP, Kaylin Gregory; Sportsmanship Award, Sierra Presley. Diva Girls: MVP, Izzy B. Foster; Sportsmanship Award, Alex Little. Diamond Divas: MVP, Shelby Vickery; Sportsmanship Award, Montana Worley.

Dixie Angels – 9 and 10-year-old

Chelsea Mink

Gracie Whiddon

Reneiyah Smith

Cheyene Commander

Megan Phelps

Bailey Coker

Tucker Whiddon

Caitlyn West

Hannah Schofield

Laura Beth Blackmon

Taylor Jordan

Jessie McNaughton

Coaches: Regina Coker, Lindsey West and Martha Whiddon.

Awards by team: Bama Babes: MVP, Megan Phelps; Sportsmanship Award, Chelsey Mink. Hot Shots: MVP, Tucker Whiddon; Sportsmanship Award, Tucker Whiddon. Southern Belles: MVP, Raneiyah Smith; Sportsmanship Award, Julie Layfield.