Debs, Belles and Ponytails are hitting the road

Published 5:02 pm Wednesday, June 23, 2010

While two of Greenville’s all-star softball squads are gearing up for Friday’s sub-district, three more are preparing to hit the road.

It’s off to Luverne for the 11 and 12-year-old Ponytails and the 15 and under Belles.

Tyrone Bedgood, coach of the Ponytails, said his girls have been preparing as much as the weather has allowed.

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“The girls are ready, and they are playing hard,” Bedgood said.

Bedgood has been working on getting the group to function more as a unit.

“I want everyone to be backing each other up,” Bedgood said. “If one player messes up, some one else needs to slide in to back them up.”

While Belles coach Leon Truitt said he too is working on playing as a team, he said he is going to rely on the arms of his girls to carry him through.

“Anytime you go into All-Star competition, you need good pitchers,” Truitt said. “If we can get some good pitching going on and hit the ball, we are halfway there.”

Due to a shortage of teams in the district, there were no sub-districts for the Dixie Debs. The Debs will compete at state in Midland City July 16.

Coach Dewayne Ballard said, however, that he had no doubt they could have made it through sub-districts, had they been held.

“We probably have one of the best Deb teams I have ever seen,” Ballard said. “We should do well if I do a decent job coaching.”

The Debs are built from some of the best starting players from Evergreen, Fort Dale and Greenville, Ballard explained. This, he said, brings a new set of challenges.

“Some of these girls who are used to starting every game might not start at all,” Ballard said.

Here are the full team rosters, courtesy of the Greenville Parks and Recreation Department:

Dixie Ponytails – 11-12-year-old girls

Amber Bedgood

Lindey Gidson

Destinee Thomas

Madison Langford

Caitlyn Brooks

Anjoy Castleberry

Savannah Mauch

Jessica Joyner

Hannah Reaves

Summer Bucciarelli

Sarah Phillips

Coaches: Tyrone Bedgood

S.W.A.T: MVP, Amber Albritton; Sportmanship Award, Oliver Foster. Rebels: MVP, Carmin Till and Caitlyn Brooks; Sportsmanship Award, Hannah Reeves. Dynamic Divaz: MVP, Jessica Joyner; Sportsmanship Award, Hannah Reeves.

Dixie Belles – 15 and under

Kayla Gandy

Sierra Salter

Chasity Elliott

A.J. Sanford

Keonna Brown

Ashley Ballard

Bethany Nolan

Kristin Lassiter

Alexandra Courtney

Whitney Boswell

Keisha Rice

Alisha Stewart

Coaches: Leon Truitt and Katrina Bowen

Dixie Debs – 18 and under

Amerisha Mixon

Telesha McDonald

Kodi Wengert

Flomekia Williams

LaKarresa Riley

Cortnee Myers

Aleshia Stucky

Kendra Williams

Nicole Norton

Anna Nelson

Jennifer Ballard

Erin Taylor

Coaches: Dewayne Ballard and Neal Nelson.