The Archer Tigers' softball varsity team hopes to start its season on a high note in a double-header Wednesday night as a part of the Hawk/ Bulldog tournament in Flowery Branch, Ga.
Head coach Kristopher Daniels said starting the season with a tournament is a great learning experience for the players as well as the coaches, especially with such a quick preseason.
It's always a quick turnaround from softball tryouts beginning Aug. 1 to the start of the softball season just two weeks later. The Tigers lost eight seniors from last year's team. As a result, Daniels said he'll be "breaking in the newbies" Wednesday night.
The Tigers will be specifically breaking in a young infield while featuring an experienced outfield led by centerfielder Brittany Marsette.
Marsette is a junior and already has committed to Auburn's softball program. She led the team last season with a .400 average while starting 32 games.
The Tigers also have experience behind the plate with junior catcher Sydney Whillhite. Whillhite hit .284 last season with 11 RBIs.
Daniels said these two upperclassman will step up be leaders on the team. Both were freshman when the Tigers won the state championship in 2012.
Archer is coming off a 23-12 season and four-consecutive Sweet 16 appearances. However, Daniels would like to see his team repeat what it was able to accomplish in 2012.
"We've got that experience. We've got to breakthrough and get back down to Columbus," he said.
The Tigers first game Wednesday is against Jackson County at 6 p.m. Then the Tigers round out the double header against Apalachee at 8 p.m.