With a win over state ranked Burkburnett, the Graham Lady Blues extended their winning streak to nine games.
“Tatum [Trester] really pulled through for us,” said Lady Blues catcher Nicole King. “I just like how we always have someone new to pull through every game, we’re all together. And if somebody’s not having a good game, somebody will pick them up and vise versa.”
After falling in the regional semifinals a year ago, the Lady Blues hope to get to state this year.
“We want to really go far,” King said. “We didn’t go as far as we hoped last year against Andrews, so we’re hoping that it will better this year.”
“We were just one game away from state and it was so sad because we ended, we lost our seniors, and we lost our coach too,” said Lady Blues center fielder Abree Beggs. “So, coming out this year with a new coach and new players, things have been so much better and I know we’ll go further.”
Adam Arrington is new to Graham, but not new to the softball scene in Texoma. He led City View to 94 wins in six seasons, his 100th career win came last month with the Lady Blues.
“It’s a great spot to be, great community who support the kids in everything they do,” said Lady Blues head coach Adam Arrington. “The girls come out and work hard. And I just wanted to add my knowledge to the game with their knowledge and it’s going in the right direction right now.”
The Lady Blues said they’ve already learned a lot from their new head coach.
“Coach Arrington just brings out more competitiveness in us and we’ve been working more as a team since we came a long,” Beggs said. “I just think him coming into our lives and being our new coach, it’s just made it so much more better.”
“Nobody like to lose like I do, I think if you put in the time at practice, work hard, do things right, don’t create bad habits then you put yourself in a position to be successful,” said Arrington.
And with that the Graham Lady Blues take home Team of the Week honors!
“It’s awesome when A, you’re winning softball games, but you’re kids, winning sometimes isn’t enough, they like being rewarded for their hard work,” said Arrington. “And I think it’s great timing right now. They have been putting in the time. We don’t have to worry about if this person is going to be here today. They’re here. If we’re going to start at 4:30, they’re here ready to start 15 minutes before that and they’re here putting extra time in on their own. So, it’s great to see the kids get rewarded for their hard work and it’s good for the school and the community.”
District 6-4A sports three state-ranked teams. The Lady Blues have already beaten Burkburnett, they now have their sights set on a victory over Vernon.
“We know them, so we know it will come down to who makes the mistake or who doesn’t make the mistake,” King said. “So, we have to just try to play a perfect game against them.”
“We’re not nervous at all,” said Beggs. “We know what they have, they know what we have. So, I think it’s going to be like Burk. I think it’s going to be a great game and it’s going to be close and it’s going to come down to who makes the mistakes and who stays together as a team.”