North young but experienced


By Jeremy Erskine - jerskine@civitasmedia.com



Tri-County North pitcher Cassi Stinson delivers a pitch during the Panthers’ game against Dixie on Saturday, March 26.


Deron Newman/DNP Images | For The Register-Herald

Tri-County North’s softball opened the season by hosting Dixie on Saturday, March 26. The Panthers dropped an 8-2 decision.


Deron Newman/DNP Images | For The Register-Herald

LEWISBURG — Tri-County North softball didn’t graduate a single player from a season ago and returns six starters – including five sophomores – to the diamond.

North now has one senior in Brooke Timmons, who was a starter last season. But while they return several players from last year, 11 of 12 the girls on the roster are either sophomores or freshman.

The sophomores on the roster are Gracie Douglas, Kaitlin Heindl, Morgan Helman, Megan Hemp, Krislynn Hogan, Alexis Reeder, Cassi Stinson, and Hailey Stupp. The upcoming freshman class is Riley Cruse, Taylor Green, and Kimberly Stacey.

“I have a great group of young athletes that have a promising future,” said head coach Brian Stupp. “I expect them to put a new year on the TCN softball banner, play competitive with good teams and stay in the game, and stay positive and keep moving forward – getting better with each game.”

The Panthers went 11-14 last season (and 1-1 in post season play) and want to build upon that.

“I expect a season of being competitive,” said Stupp. “(I expect the girls to) hard work in practice, making every minute count. Keep focused on the small pieces of the big picture – the small pieces being fundamentals and knowing how to handle situations and the big picture being post season.”

The school kicked off their season on Saturday, March 26 at Dixie in a double-header. They also traveled to Bradford on Tuesday, March 29 and will host Franklin Monroe on Thursday, March 31 starting at 5 p.m.

Tri-County North pitcher Cassi Stinson delivers a pitch during the Panthers’ game against Dixie on Saturday, March 26.
http://registerherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_TCN-SB-1.jpgTri-County North pitcher Cassi Stinson delivers a pitch during the Panthers’ game against Dixie on Saturday, March 26. Deron Newman/DNP Images | For The Register-Herald

Tri-County North’s softball opened the season by hosting Dixie on Saturday, March 26. The Panthers dropped an 8-2 decision.
http://registerherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_TCN-SB-3.jpgTri-County North’s softball opened the season by hosting Dixie on Saturday, March 26. The Panthers dropped an 8-2 decision. Deron Newman/DNP Images | For The Register-Herald

http://registerherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_TCN-SB-4.jpgDeron Newman/DNP Images | For The Register-Herald

By Jeremy Erskine

jerskine@civitasmedia.com

Reach Jeremy Erskine at 937-683-4061 or on Twitter @jerskine_RH.

Reach Jeremy Erskine at 937-683-4061 or on Twitter @jerskine_RH.

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