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Baseball/softball pre-season look

Lady Vikings Assistant Coach Edgar Brown watches as Williams players round the bases at the Feb. 25 Salome scrimmage

Lady Vikings Assistant Coach Edgar Brown watches as Williams players round the bases at the Feb. 25 Salome scrimmage

Both the Williams High School Vikings baseball and Lady Vikings softball teams have gotten their start for the 2006 season already.

Each team had their first outing with a scrimmage against Salome on the road Feb. 25 and coaches were happy with what they saw.

"I think it was positive," said Vikings Assistant Coach Patrick Henson. "We're hitting the ball well and out-hit Salome nine to six."

He added that pitching rotation and catching were focuses of practice sessions.

"I was very happy with the hitting, fielding and pitching," said Lady Vikings Head Coach Ann Wells of her team's performance. "We still need to look at some areas, but overall, it was a positive experience."

Both teams then went separate ways for tournament play last weekend and coaches had yet another pre-season look at the skills being developed.

Vikings Head Coach Ken Edes said that even though his team went to Phoenix Country Day School with only 10 players, it gave some of the younger members a chance for action.

"We're a young team, and I think there's a lot of potential there." Edes said. "I think you'll see us get better and better with each game."

Wells said that her team, however, struggled at the plate in their on-the-road tourney in Wickenburg and experienced a few fielding errors, but that pre-season games are meant to draw out what the team needs to work on.

"Tournaments help us see what we need to work on for conference play and are very helpful," Wells said.

Those areas for Lady Vikings practice include hitting, producing stronger outfielding and better speed when running bases.

Since the onset of the season, rosters have changed slightly with additions/losses of some players.

Changes to the Vikings roster include the addition of players Michael Briggs, Charlie Malzahn, and Michael Pettit. Player Adam Valdez has decided to drop baseball in favor of the new WHS track team. Vikings sports fan and volunteer Jim Davis is helping the boys coaching staff again this year and student Jeff Jackson is acting as team manager.

For the Lady Vikings, new players include Michelle Kimball, Gianna Clapper, and Salina Verser. Coaching staff for the Lady Vikings also includes WHS sports fans Edgar Brown and Bob Fogg, who have both helped with Lady Vikings softball for many years, acting as assistant coaches once again this season with student Dominique Miller as team manager.

The Vikings and Lady Vikings varsity and JV teams played Sedona yesterday and will be on the road again for the annual Laughlin tournament Friday and Saturday.

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