Berwick will host Jewel Sumner
By GEOFF STOUTE
BERWICK — Veteran Berwick softball coach Lloyd Burchfield admits he doesn’t know much about the ninth-seed Lady Panthers’ first-round opponent, No. 24 seed Jewel Sumner.
But he also admits that he doesn’t get too caught up in scouting reports and whatnot this time of year.
“I don’t know much about them other than they play softball,” he said Sunday.
Burchfield said rather than worry about what the other team does, his squad needs to worry about what it can do.
He said if his squad plays the way it is taught, they should be okay in the matchup. However, if they don’t, then they may not be okay.
One thing that is a pretty good bet is that whatever the Lady Panthers face from here on out probably will not be much different than they have faced all year.
The Lady Panthers can thank a brutal non-district, — and district schedule — for that. In addition to the tough competition the Lady Panthers faced outside of district, they also faced stiff competition in district, considering both district foes Kaplan and North Vermilion are seeded third and fourth, respectively, in the Class 3A bracket.
“We design our schedule to be playoff ready, and we’re not going to play anybody better than anybody we’ve played so far … It’s just a matter of getting out there and not getting fancy,” he said.
As of late, Burchfield said his squad has not been taking advantage of opportunities it has with runners on base as well as committing errors on defense.
Because he said his team isn’t one that will run-rule others, Burchfield said his squad must play solid defense.
Burchfield said the key to victory for his squad would be his slap hitters reaching base and those behind them move them around the bases to score.
He said his pitchers would have to place the softball on the corners of the plate and disrupt hitters’ timing.
Admission to Tuesday’s game is $5.