North DeSoto softball uses Cameron Curtis’ strength to ascend to LHSAA No. 1
The North DeSoto softball team has almost quietly ascended to the top of the LHSAA Class 4A Power Ratings. Not really surprising for the defending state champions, but the move puts them in position to defend that title.
Coach Tim Whitman, who’s won state titles at three different schools, said the Lady Griffins haven't talked about being in the bullseye position.
“We have played a tough schedule with 5A powers and most of the divisions,” Whitman said. “Just trying to get this pretty young team in tough situations to hopefully prepare us for the playoffs. The No. 1 ranking is just proof of the quality teams on our schedule.”
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The Lady Griffins rolled past Class B top five Florien 8-0 on Tuesday night in Stonewall. Pitcher Laney Johnson tossed a one-hitter at the perennial state champions while Cameron Curtis cranked out a 2 for 3 effort with a home run and three RBIs. That’s pretty typical for one of the top hitters in the area.
“Cameron has a lot of experience,” Whitman said. “She is one of our older returners and she has made some good adjustments in the last few games.”
Strength is one of the best assets for Curtis, who placed third recently at the LHSAA powerlifting meet. In Saturday’s 16-4 win over Sterlington, Curtis was 3 for 5 with a double, triple and five RBIs.
“I feel like (powerlifting) has really helped my core and strength in different muscle groups to be able to hit the ball harder and farther,” Curtis said. “It has also helped my arm strength in many ways like being able to get the ball back in quick from the outfield. I also believe it has helped me have a more focused mindset throughout the game. Powerlifting has driven me to be a well-rounded athlete.”
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