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New coach looks to lead Lady Warriors

March 19, 2012
By Andrew Davis Staff Writer , The Inter-Mountain

The Pocahontas County softball team will look to improve this season after a disappointing 2011 campaign for new head coach Rick Hartzell.

Hartzell, who has been a head softball coach in the Pocahontas youth level the past four years, replaces Jerry Ramos, who stepped down after last season.

"I'm looking forward to getting the season started," Hartzell said. "I have coached a lot of these kids already, so they do know me and how I coach. We're pretty familiar with each other, so that's a plus."

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Miranda McNabb will look to lead Pocahontas County’s softball team this season.

The Lady Warriors, who lost in the first round of the sectional tournament last year, will be led by senior Miranda McNabb.

McNabb, a two-sport standout who has signed to play basketball at Alderson-Broaddus next year, will be one of the Lady Warriors' top pitchers this season.

"We're counting on her to have a good senior year for us," Hartzell said. "She is going to have to lead us in the pitching department this season. I'm confident she can step up and lead our team."

Other returning players include: first baseman Summer Chestnut, catcher Ashley Hammons and senior second basemen Sheyenne Wimer.

"We need our returning players to be productive this season and help out the younger girls this year," Hartzell said. "We've got a lot of experience back, which is nice."

Lyndsey Barlow and Sara Jonese are newcomers to the team this season and will battle for playing time at several different positions.

Pocahontas will open up its season on March 28 at home against Moorefield.



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